Fern Arable lives with her mother, father and brother on their small farm. When her father decides to ‘do away’ with the runt of the piglet litter Fern takes it upon herself to raise the small piglet herself and names him Wilbur. When Wilbur gets too big for the Arable’s land he goes to live with the Zuckerman’s, Fern’s Aunt and Uncle, in their barn where Fern can visit the pig she has grown to love. Although Fern visits as much as she can, she and Wilbur are not together as often. Wilbur starts to feel quite lonely in the big barn, that is until he meets Charlotte, a beautiful big grey spider who lives above Wilbur in the doorway of the barn. Wilbur and Charlotte soon become firm friends and when the old sheep tells of the plot the Zuckerman’s have to fatten Wilbur up for their Christmas dinner Charlotte hatches a plan to save Wilbur’s life that amazes and astounds the whole town!
A book that children can fall in love with. There is such affection and humour in this story and the characters are so well written, including not so loveable rogue Templeton the rat but it is Charlotte you can’t help but love and admire. It shows children what true friendship is and that nothing else is quite as important as the love and loyalty of a best friend.
The illustrations by Garth Williams also add to the enjoyment to the story and are not so frequent as to be intrusive.
The main message of the book remains timeless but there are some passages where the language and references have dated a little, which has been reflected in the score but overall this should not detract from any child’s enjoyment of the story and this is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend.
Unashamedly sentimental, this book leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Review by Floresiensis
20 positive reader review(s) for Charlotte's Web
Reya Sara from Bahrain
It is an amazing book to read. I read this book for many days and this is my most favourite book.
Ananya from India
I LOVED THIS BOOK BUT BTW I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT someone actually asked us people the answer for their project!
Anon from UK
This book is fantastic!!!! My faviourite characters are Charlotte, Wilbur and Fern. this book is super super fun and touch, though. this is the second best book I had read!!!
Maya from Canada
Isabella from Illinios, US
The book left me with a different feeling about spiders and how amazing they could be and it just changed how I see animals now. I have been a vegetarian for 3 years now and my friends told me that after reading this book that they see why I became vegetarian in the 1st place. I feel like people who aren't vegetarian are sick because they enjoy eating animals when they are being taken out of their home and killed for us to enjoy. So if you aren't vegetarian then just remember that means that you enjoy eating suffered and killed animals. So in all you enjoy it when people go and just kill these poor animals and take them away from their families and their home. How would you like it if animals did that to you. Would you like it if animals took us away from our families and friends and home, just for them to enjoy us. So next time you go to eat meat think about what I just asked you.
Oishani from India
Very good read .😍
Gordon from Hong Kong
It is an interesting book and it's worth reading. We can understand more about how to communicate with others.
Rumman from Bangladesh
I really enjoyed reading the book. It makes us understand what friendship is.
Emma from No
I loved the review and found it so amusing at parts the book was an absolute blast and I am not the type of person known for reading. I love the beautiful drawings incorporated with the creative way E.B White words the whole story and then strings it together with creative and imaginative twists. The story really gets you to step inside Wilbur's [the pigs] shoes. The story gets you to really understand the everyday life of a pig. The story also gets you to see how phenomenal the spiders web is. You would think that this outstanding book would be forgotten because of the 21st century books, but it holds its own and is even better and informative than the books now!
Sofia Rose from US
It's a great book. It's the end which made me sad. I only read this book for school, I normally won't read books but this one I fell in love with! I really like it and the movie!!
Sherry from Myanmar
This book is amazing, it gives the moral about life, death, and friendship. It is perfect for kids, teens and adults even. It is even more interesting because animals are included and Fern knows what animals in the barn are talking about.
Shahmeer Asim from Pakistan
I loved this book because of the message and the humor and all the things in the story including the part when wilbur was at fern's home and the things they did together
Aravind from India
Fantastic book my sis and bros.
Piyush from India
It's a very good book not too boring like many of the others I read. Well finding a spider like that is nearly not possible but a friend like is also not like that.. N😊😊
Ananya from India
Anon from UK
This is a great book. It’s a book for all ages, the young and old. I highly recommend this book.
Piyush from India
Sweet ,sober , interesting and meaningful
Arya from India
Puleng from Gauteng,South Africa
Oh! Wow... This book is AWESOME ...I like it... I loved every moment of this book , I would recommend this book to any reader over 10 or 11 . I give this book 10 over 10 as it was great..
Kynli Sky from OK
I love the book.
Nisha from Tamil Nadu
This book was awesome... I really like this book. Yes, of course through this we learn lots of things.... plz anyone do one favour for me... I took this book for my project I almost complete but now I'm confusing about conclusion can u help for me?
Jasmine from New York
Charlotte's Web is a book you must read. It shows the true meaning of friends, loyalty, and trust. I also I liked the movie.
Ariana from US
This the best. It is nice to read about a runty pig that grows and finds a friend!!
Ivan from Hong Kong
Katie from Buffalo
I need to find out if Charlottes Web is fantasy or myth legend fairy tale.
Addie from Ohio, US
This book is about a pig named Wilbur and he is going to get killed in the winter and his friend Charlotte saves his life this is the real meaning of friendship. Read Charlotte's Web.
Gayatri from New Delhi
Anne-Marie from England
You should check out this book - it is about a fantastic pig and a spider. I especially like the movie.
Claire from Shawnee, KS, USA
The story, the writing, and the emotional, inevitable ending all spoke to me as a child, and this is a book that pleases adults as well. One of its greatest treasures is the permission it gives for kids to be alone, unstructured, whiling away the hours as Fern does in the barnyard. Fern's mother is so sure there's something wrong with her--but she's perfectly right. Kids need to hear that today, too. Life isn't all homework and music lessons and sports practices and texting. Sometimes it's just letting your imagination soar.
9.7/10 from 30 reviews