Why this book?
When I read this wonderful book about unlikely friendship and compassion as a child, I quickly grew to love little Wilbur. He is a sweet, friendly pig, the runt of a litter, saved from an early death by the compassionate Fern, and later given to her Uncle Homer. I thought he was simply going to a new home, but when I learned that Wilbur was being raised for meat, I became nearly as upset about the whole thing as Wilbur did when he found out! How could his life be saved by Fern, only to end up on Uncle Homer's dinner table? The injustice! But then Charlotte steps in. Wonderful, compassionate Charlotte. And while, normally, I am not a huge fan of spiders, I loved Charlotte.
In fact, I think Charlotte is one of my favorite characters in literature. She is a beautiful spider who lives on a web in the doorway of Wilbur's barn, and she comes up with a plan that she hopes will guarantee Wilbur a long life! When words praising Wilbur start showing up in her web, all the people are mystified. But Wilbur, Charlotte, the other animals in the barn, and of course, the reader know where the words come from.
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