Why did I love this book?
Charlotte’s Web is one of the greatest children’s books of all time. No line is wasted; every word is necessary. Almost all human emotions are on display in this story—fear! greed! altruism! young love! pride! Templeton (the gluttonous rat) was my first encounter with an anti-hero. Could he really, in the end, help save Wilbur’s life? As a six-year-old, I struggled to understand how such a thing might be possible. And Charlotte’s Web was my first encounter (albeit literary) with death. I felt terrible grief at the end of the story and know how important it is to let children process “big” emotions this way. I’d be happy to be buried with a copy of this book.