Book Review: Charlotte’s web

This book was writted by E.B. White, pictured by Garth Williams.  The book is regarded as a classic of children’s literature, enjoyed by both adult and kids.

Wilbur was born as runt, and a little girl Fern saved its life.  When Wilbur was several month old, he was sent to a farmer’s barn.  There Wilbur felt lonely without any friends.  Then Charlotte, the spider, told him that she liked him and would like to be friends with him.  At first, Wilbur thought Charlotte was bloodthirsty due to the method she caught food. But soon he found Charlotte was kind, friendly, clever, and skillful.

Wilbur was worried that he would be slaughtered around Christmas time. Charlotte promised that she would save his life.  She thought and thought and finally got a clever idea to play trick on people.  At first, he woved “some pig” in the center of her web, to praise Wilbur.  Men was amazed and  marveled at the sight.  Then she woved “Terrific” and “Radiant” just when people were about to be tired of the old words. Finally, at the County Fair, Charlotte woved “humble” for Wilbur, and Wilbur won the first prize, which saved Wilbur’s life forever.  But Charlotte became too old and she even lacked of strength to move after she did the hard work of word-weaving and laid her egg sac. She died at the the County Fair.

Wilbur was so sad, and he took care of Charlotte’s egg sac.  When the little spiders hatched, Wilbur became friends with Charlotte’s three daughters.  And since then, Wilbur was never without friends, because Charlotte’s children and grandchilder, and great grandchilden, year after year, lived in the doorway.

Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. She was a true friend and a good writer.

Charlotte’s last speech was very touching:-

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.  I wove my webs for you because I liked you.  After all, what’s life, anyway?  We’re born, we live a little while, we die.  A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies.  By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle.  Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”


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