Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 184 pages
Setting: a farm, 1950s
Interest: It’s a classic, so it’s been on my radar to read to the kids. I was prompted to read it when I did because Grandmama was going to take Miss Adventure to a play based on the book and I wanted her to know the story going into the play.
Summary: Wilbur is a spring pig being fattened for slaughter until Charlotte, a spider who befriended Wilbur, decides to do something about it. Charlotte writes messages in her web which ultimately convince Mr. Zuckerman not to kill Wilbur.
Final thoughts: This is a classic for a reason, and it makes a very nice read aloud. It had been a long time since I had read the book, so I didn’t remember more than the basic outline of the story. It does get a little sad at the end when Charlotte dies, but Miss Adventure didn’t cry, so I consider it a success. We both enjoyed the book.
Title comes from: The messages Charlotte writes in her web to save Wilbur.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year
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