Cover of: Charlotte's Web | E. B. White


  • Illustrator
    Garth Williams

About the Book

This is the book which turned me into both a book lover, and an English Major, at age 5. My sister, who was 8 at the time, had checked it out and asked my mother to read it aloud to her. I listened in, and was hooked from the first page. As soon as I could comprehend the basics of reading, this is the book I read, more than any other. The story (Talking animals! Friendly spiders!) is down-home, laugh-out-loud funny, but also charming and slighly sad, but still optimistic, at it's conclusion. While children who have never experienced farm life may not understand some of the details, the pace of the story is quick enough to keep everyone entertained, one chapter at a time.

Please, if you need the "perfect book" to read to a child who loves animals, Charlotte's Web would be a great choice!

About the Edition

This 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 be quite a pig.

How this all comes about is Mr. White's story. It is the 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 by 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 detail and warmhearted appeal that children love in his drawings.
--jacket description.

Table of Contents

I. Before breakfast 1
II. Wilbur 8
III. Escape 13
IV. Loneliness 25
V. Charlotte 32
VI. Summer days 42
VII. Bad news 48
VIII. Talk at home 52
IX. Wilbur's boast 55
X. Explosion 66
XI. Miracle 77
XII. Meeting 86
XIII. Good progress 92
XIII. Dr. Dorian 105
XIV. Crickets 113
XV. Off to the fair 118
XVI. Uncle 130
XVII. Cool of the evening 138
XVIII. Egg sac 144
XIX. Hour of triumph 155
XX. Last day 163
XXI. Warm wind 172

Edition Notes


Copyright Date
1952, 1980


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress

The Physical Object

Library Binding
184 p.
Number of pages
21 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
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