Item description for Charlotte's Web 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.
Awards and Recognitions Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo has received the following awards and recognitions -
Newbery Medal - 1953 Honor Book - Children's category
Citations And Professional Reviews Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Entertainment Weekly - 07/05/2013 page 96
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
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 780
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1162
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1952
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060263857 ISBN13 9780060263850
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More About E. B. White, Garth Williams & Kate DiCamillo
Julie Harris's unforgettable perfomance in the lead role in The Member of the Wedding, both on Broadway and on film, first brought her fame. Her stage career has included highly acclaimed solo performances as Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst and as Isak Dineson in Lucifer's Child. Her film credits include East of Eden, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and Gorillas in the Mist.
E. B. White lived in the state of New York. E. B. White was born in 1899 and died in 1985.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Charlotte's Web?
Charlotte's Web Mar 23, 2007
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a very fun and loving story. This story is about a girl named Fern Arable, who is an ordinary farm girl. Then one day her father sow had piglet's. Soon her father realized that one of them was a runt and decided that it needed to be killed. Though through Fern throwing a fit her father let her keep it as a pet. She went on to name it Wilbur. The pig leaved with her until he was five weeks old. Then her father sold it to the zukermans' family. The pig grew to be sader and sader every day because of his broken heart. Then Darkness settled over everything. Soo there were only shadows and the noised of the sheep chewing their cuds, and occasionally the rattle of a cow-chain up overhead. You can only imagine Wilbur's suprise when, out of the darkness, came a small voice he had never heard before. It sounded rather thin, but pleasant."Do you want a friend Wilbur?" it said, "I'll be a friend to you. I've watched you all day and I like you." Charlotte and Wilbur became very good friends. They even went on to attend the county fair with each other were everyone loved Wilbur. Though soon Charlotte died, and Wilbur took her eggs she had laid and keep her joy alive. This book is one of the best children literatures I have ever read. All of the characters in this book also play a large part. Some of these characters are Wilbur, the pig, Charlotte A. Cavatica, the spider, Fern Arable, the farmers daughter, Templeton the reat, and many more. Other works of this author are also good and make your imagination run wild. One of the other books by E.b. White that I enjoy is Stuart Little. I believe that anybody bould read this book no matter how old. It is always going to be a classic in my eyes.
A Rite of Passage Mar 20, 2007
"The crickets felt is was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. Even on the most beautiful days of the whole year - the days when summer is changing into fall - the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change."
There are powerful messages that every child longs to hear: life is special and worth cherishing at all costs - and against all odds. That is the backdrop for this tale. I read this book in the third grade and I'm now reading it aloud to my children at bedtime.
On my daughter's level, the animals talk. Great fun. And on my sons' level, we struggle to survive and have to plan for the future (but how?). Oh yeah, spiders are cool too.
So much of E.B.Whites prose is visceral - looking across a pasture at dusk: the smell of horses, the slanted rays of the sun illuminating small vortices of insects, the nearby sounds of crops shaking in the breeze, the pink hues of the sky. This is the world of Charlotte's Web. Against this pastoral beauty, the main themes of this book center on mortality and friendship. Life is tragically ephemeral whether this is the life of a runt pig, or the fate of the same spring pig.
My children marvel that in a great hour of need, desperately alone, a heroine comes in the most unlikely of forms. We learn that perhaps the greatest obstacle to salvation isn't the effort of a savior, but rather the assent of a trusting soul - "But Charlotte," said Wilbur, "I'm not terrific."
Little minds (and big ones too) can wrestle with big ideas when reading this book. Just what is our purpose while we are in this "barnyard"? Is it to play the role of the rescuer or rescued. Or do we standby like the sheep and geese, and even self absorbed rats can be deliverers sometimes too.
"It's not often that someone comes along who is a true friend . . ." maybe the most applicable truth in this tale. As I read this book at night, I look at my children, who are growing up before my very eyes. I hope we learn from this book to be recuers, to have the humility to be rescued, and to treasure our true friends. I turn off the lights and in the distance I hear the crickets, warning me that summertime cannot last forever.
DON'T EVEN THINK OF DEPRIVING YOUR CHILDREN OF THIS BOOK.
Cheyenne's Silky Review Mar 9, 2007
This fiction book is very funny. An eight year old farm girl named Fern was going to check her dad from murdering a runt pig. She would take the pig named Wilbur for a walk, too Wilbur, the main character, was not sold to a total stranger. Wilbur got caught, and the next day, he went to live with Uncle Homer on his farm, the setting. When someone said a board was loose, he got loose. When it started raining, loneliness set in, and a tear came to his eye. A kind voice said I will be your friend. Wilbur couldn't sleep and had to find his friend as she disappeared. The goose laid her eggs and 7/8 hatched; the rat, Templeton, treasured the leftover rotten egg. As Wilbur was thinking about Charlotte, the oldest sheep said they were going to kill him at Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter, and he panicked, the story problem. As Fern was eating breakfast, she was telling her mother about what goes on in the barn; Mrs. Arable thought something was wrong with her daughter. As Wilbur asked, "Charlotte, how do you spin a web?", he uselessly tried and Charlotte comforted him to sleep. After Avery and Fern played in the barn, they went to see the pig; Avery cracked the rotten egg by trying to kill Charlotte. Charlotte started to mastermind a brilliant plan. Charlotte spun her web that said, "Radiant." Charlotte's plan has worked so far. When they had their meeting, the new word chosen was "terrific." Templton brought enough magazine clippings for Charlotte to get words from. Then Charlotte sang and told some stories to Wilbur. As Mrs. Arable was having a chit chat with the doctor, she was asking what could be wrong with Fern, but she was perfectly fine. Do you think Wilbur will live through the winter? I recommend that you read this book because it is funny and sad.
Garrett's Best Review Mar 9, 2007
This action packed and heartwarming book was great! Fern, an eight year old farm girl, saved a young pig from being killed. She named him Wilbur, the main character, who is a runt piglet, and he is friendly and sensitive. Wilbur lived in a barn, the setting, in the barn cellar, and there were many different animals such as a rat named Templeton. After one restless night, he awoke and found a grey spider named Charlotte. Wilbur didn't like her appetite. After Wilbur got to know her, the oldest sheep said, " Wilbur, they're going to kill you at Christmas." When Wilbur panicked, he started sprinting around his pen. Charlotte was making a plan to save Wilbur's life by making them think he's special. She will put words like "some pig" in her web. This attracted tourists, and they were amazed. Lurvy, the ranch hand, read the web and was speechless, happy, and excited. Will Charlotte's plan work and save Wilbur's life? I recommend Charlotte's Web for every age. It was exciting.
The Master's Voice Mar 8, 2007
I've read Charlotte's Web a million times. In fact, it's probably my favorite book. One day I came across this CD of E.B. White reading his book and I fell in love with his words all over again. Hearing that flat yet warm voice tell his own story is an incredible gift. Get this set! (And if you can, get your hands on a copy of The Annotated Charlotte's Web for insight into how a master wordsmith creates a classic.