Item description for Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery) by E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo...
Overview Fern raises the little runt pig, Wilbur, only to have her father give him away
Sixty years ago, on October 15, 1952, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web was published. It's gone on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time. To celebrate this milestone, the renowned Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a heartfelt and poignant tribute to the book that is itself a beautiful translation of White's own view of the world--of the joy he took in the change of seasons, in farm life, in the miracles of life and death, and, in short, the glory of everything.
We are proud to include Kate DiCamillo's foreword in the 60th anniversary editions of this cherished classic.
Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur--and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn.
With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig.
How all this comes about is Mr. White's story. It is a story of the magic of childhood on the farm. The thousands of children who loved Stuart Little, the heroic little city mouse, will be entranced with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, and Fern, the little girl who understood their language.
The forty-seven black-and-white drawings by Garth Williams have all the wonderful detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his work. Incomparably matched to E.B. White's marvelous story, they speak to each new generation, softly and irresistibly.
Citations And Professional Reviews Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery) by E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1162
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 572
Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 604
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 538
Newsweek - 11/26/2007 page 16
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 780
Entertainment Weekly - 03/02/2012 page 76
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 10, 2012
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Trophy Book
ISBN 0064400557 ISBN13 9780064400558
Availability 0 units.
More About E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo
E.B. White, also the author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, received the Newbery Honor in 1953 for Charlotte's Web. In 1970, he was awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to children's literature.
E. B. White lived in the state of New York. E. B. White was born in 1899 and died in 1985.
Reviews - What do customers think about Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)?
adorable May 14, 2010
This has to be one of, if not my, favorite childrens books. In this book children will learn about acceptance, love, patience,and the cycle of life, and it is all delivered in such a way that it will make you laugh, and perhaps cry, but in the end it will leave you with a smile.
Charlet the spider is a wise and loving spider that helps wilber, (the insecure runt of the liter pig) find his place in the barn and in life, through creative and funny ways. This book is a must read for any child.
Lori Ann Libby author of The Adventures of Henry Hamper and the Flying Fish
One of the DFF Book Club titles Apr 16, 2010
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I thought that I would be presenting an anomaly for this month's DFF book club -- a book that we didn't actually own. However, just yesterday I finally obtained a fair secondhand copy at a garage sale, and now I can present to you a new favourite from our shelves.
Just because a book is made into a movie doesn't mean that the book is made redundant. How many times have you come away from a film saying, "The book was better"?
Charlotte's Web is one of those books. Don't spoil it by showing the movie to your kids. Read them the book instead, and then let them read the book too.
In reading this to my girls, there were several specific things that reminded me why Charlotte's Web is exceptional. The novel contains a nice range of characters with different personalities and voices. This makes it a lot of fun to read aloud (if you like "doing" voices), and there weren't too many to complicate things.
I found it helpful to read the dialogue in which Charlotte would explain real words to Wilbur the pig. This saved me the trouble of explaining the new vocabulary to the girls. These little lessons were woven into the story so neatly.
I also liked the educational aspect of the book. The kids heard about how a farm works, learned about the life cycle of a spider and the truth about what happens to those cute animals on the farm.
This book introduces some dark themes without going overboard -- death, grief, loss -- as well as the more positive themes of maturity (Fern growing interested in boys), friendship and loyalty. We don't eat pork much, so I'm not sure if Charlotte's Web would put your children off their meat, but mine weren't affected.
We got this book out of the library. Our version contained a bit of colour in the original illustrations, which added to its charm. Charlotte's Web is a good introduction to chapter books for children aged five and over. (I managed to keep Brioni at my side, but only just!)
There's a reason it's a classic, and that reason is why you should have it on your shelves too.
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Charlotte's Web Apr 3, 2010
A classic story of friends helping friends. The shy pig Wilbur befriends the smart and wise spider Charlotte. When Wilbur got into trouble and his life was in danger, Charlotte came up with a genius idea to save Wilbur. She awed the people on the farm and town with words she weaves into her web, making it look like some kind of magic, praising the smartness of the pig and with that saves him from a tragic fate. A remarkable book with black/white illustrations throughout. The story is enchanting and heartwarming. The true value of friendship is made clear by showing how the animals in the story work together to save the pig. Even a shy little pig can be a big star and can have it's shining moment.
Kid's Review Feb 3, 2010
Charlotte's Web is a very fun book. It is about a pig named Wilbur; he is loving , kind. He is raised by a girl named Fern. Now he is a barn pig, and a spider named Charlotte tries to save him. I recommend this book to people that are kind and lovely like Charlotte.
I loved this book - 10 years old Jan 15, 2010
This is a story a out a girl named Fern who saves a runt piglet from being killed by her father. Fern named him Wilber. When he becomes too big Wilber is moved to Fern's Uncle's farm where he becomes friends with Charlotte,a spider who lives in the corner of the doorway of the barn. When Wilber realizes he is going to be slaughtered for Christmas dinner, Charlotte says that she is going to save him, and she does. They become best friends, who really would do almost anything for eachother. I liked this book because it showed how friends are willing to save one another. When Wilber was going to be killed Charlotte saves him by writing " Some Pig" in her web. This gets Wilber a lot of attention and he is not killed because of this. My favorite part was when Wilber helps Charlotte. She was dying Wilber promises to help her too. He takes her egg sack back to the barn where out comes 300 spiders, three of which stay with Wilber. I would reccommend this book to everyone. It is a story about love and friendship I give this book 5 stars and definately will read it to my children one day.