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Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
Now available for the first time as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices.This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect."Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains beautiful, classic illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts
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Bookzombie
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I thought I hadn‘t read this before, but I show it marked as read but with no date on GR.

Overall, I enjoyed this. There was a moment where I though Wilbur demanded too much of Charlotte. Lay off, pig, she is already saving your life. I really enjoyed the other animals on the farm, especially the geese and even Templeton, who is a bit of a jerk.

vivastory 😂 😂 Great review 2mo
batsy Wilbur and Templeton getting called out is very funny 😁 2mo
Bookzombie @vivastory Thanks! @batsy 😁 Thanks! 2mo
Reggie Lololol 2mo
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MaggieCarr
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My third time reading through this one, first with my kiddo. Written for its time, I did a fair share of helping him understand words no longer used but I think it helped keep him engaged a bit longer with each read-aloud session because he was listening for words he didn't automatically know.

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Magdalenka
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“I don‘t understand it, and I don‘t like what I don‘t understand.”

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LaraS
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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to visit a few different states in Australia, and this was posted at the front desk of our hotel in the Blue Mountains. Points for trying, but let's be honest, if I get bit by something I won't have the wherewithal to identify what kind of creature it is let alone its sub-species.

#ScaratlonPhotoChallenge for prompt #spider

#BatBrigade

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BarkingMadRead
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melissajayne
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4⭐️ 1st book for #deweysreadathon; a nice read to start off with. I started at the start time but fell asleep at around 6:30 am and woke up about 30 minutes later. #deweyoct #readathon #childrens #middlegrade #2023 #bookreview #fiction #classics #newberyhonor #greatamericanread

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Mayadenoma
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“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart.“ - E.B. White

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Mayadenoma
Charlotte's Web | E.B. White

I discovered Charlotte's Web in my elementary school library. The story of Charlotte and Wilbur's friendship touched my heart. I formed a personal bond with the characters and learned the value of selflessness and kindness

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Mayadenoma
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E.B. White's “Charlotte's Web“ is all about friendship and helping others. In the classroom, it's a great way to talk about kindness, empathy, and the circle of life. You can also discuss how the author creates characters and hidden meanings in the story.

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Bookwormjillk
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I looked everywhere for my copy, but had to make due with this screenshot of my favorite book about #cobwebs for #AutumnPlease

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🕸️🖤🕷️ 5mo
Eggs Absolutely 👍🏼 🐖 🕸️🕷️ 5mo
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BarkingMadRead
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LiseWorks That's a good one. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🕸️ 5mo
dabbe #nothingbetter 🧡🎃🧡 5mo
Eggs Great choice🕸️🖤🕷️ 5mo
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Eggs Perfect 🕸️🖤🕷️ 5mo
MissyD One of my all time favorites 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I enjoyed revisiting this childhood classic this month. Charlotte's Web was never my favorite growing up, and I still don't love it, but it's a decent read and I can see why so many people are fond of it. For me, growing up in a farming community, even as a kid it was hard for me to get past the sentimentalizing of raising animals for slaughter, which I realize isn't actually the purpose of the book, ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) but I still don't like teaching kids that animals spend their lives in terror, knowing that death lurks around the corner, when they simply don't haha So this book gets an A+ for themes of friendship and loyalty, but a D- on accurate representation of farming practices 😂

Thanks so much for hosting this buddy read @megnews !!

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megnews
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Charlotte‘s eggs hatch but most of her babies take off on the wind. Three stay behind and Wilbur tells them of how he and their mother were such great friends. 😭
The End

Roary47 I just keep thinking about Wilbur wanting them all to stay. He is such a kind hearted creature. I‘m glad there was a few that stayed. Where does a new born spider come up with that name for A? Honestly, only heard of it in this book. 😅 6mo
dabbe #allthegoodfeels 💙🖤🩵 6mo
mrp27 All the good feels indeed. From heartache to happiness. I always loved that charlottes family stayed with Wilbur and always would. 6mo
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megnews
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The worst chapter. Charlotte just be left behind at the fair. At Wilbur‘s pleading, Templeton brings her egg sac down to the crate to return to the farm with Wilbur.

AnnR Every once in a while, I'd feel a bit sorry for Templeton. Then his nasty attitude would come out and any empathy would disappear. Poor Charlotte, though. The saddest chapter. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Even with the heavy foreshadowing, this chapter absolutely blindsided me as a kid!! SO sad!! 6mo
Roary47 Her little wave to say goodbye. 😭 6mo
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dabbe And she waved with the last strength she had. #sob 😭 6mo
sblbooks This was so sad, and she couldn't even go home.😢🕷🕸 6mo
mrp27 Such a sad scene! 6mo
julieclair So very sad. And Charlotte was an elegant lady right up to the end. 6mo
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julieclair
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Absolutely perfect. As delightful to read as an adult as it was as a child. Many thanks, @megnews , for choosing this as the August #ChildhoodReminiscenceRead .
#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#BigFabBeatles Challenge (Author named White) @CSeydel

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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mrp27
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I‘ve read Charlotte many times both as a kid and as an adult, each time equally as charming and each time with a tug at the heartstrings. Such memorable characters.

tpixie Salutations! One of my favorite words!! 6mo
Bren912 It was one of my favorites as a young girl. Thank you for reminding me that I can still enjoy as an adult!!! 6mo
mrp27 @tpixie Such a great word! 6mo
mrp27 @Bren912 Of course! 🤗 As an adult I still love to read middle grade fiction. 6mo
tpixie @mrp27 💙 🕷️ 👋🏻 🐷 💙 6mo
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megnews
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My how times have changed. Wilbur wins a special prize and Fern doesn‘t even stick around to see it.

AnnR Even with the reread, I was a little surprised how uninterested Fern seemed in Wilbur's award. (edited) 6mo
mrp27 Yes, Fern lost interest quickly. Always broke my heart her interest didn‘t last long. 6mo
dabbe She also got on my nerves asking her mom for money again and again--right in the middle of Wilbur's big moment! 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks Honestly that part of the story was unbelievable to me. That Fern would start to not want to spend all her time at the barn makes sense, but completely ignoring Wilbur during his big moment - that just doesn't vibe with her character. 6mo
Roary47 @TheAromaofBooks @dabbe @Ann_Reads @mrp27 I think that her interest was gone because she was around others. I find my students tend to be different people around their family and then their friends. So since she was in a public place she needed to show her “cool” side. She likely deep down was there for him. This is pretty characteristic for that age group I think. I dunno could be wrong, but a play I watched of this showed Fren in this light. 6mo
julieclair Yes, very disappointing that Fern acts this way. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks @Roary47 - I hadn't thought of it that way before, but I could see if someone had teased her about spending so much time with the animals that she would be more sensitive about it. 6mo
dabbe @Roary47 Good read on that age group. Appearances matter so much then. 😍 6mo
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TheBookHippie
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@dabbe kids always choose a character and make a mask 🐷🐽🐖🕸️🕷️

dabbe Heart officially melted. 💙🖤🩵 6mo
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Roary47
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5✨ I‘ve read this several times now and I feel I get something new out of it each time. I loved doing a buddy read on it this time. Charlotte is a great friend who helps Wilbur the pig not become dinner. It is such a great book for all ages, but definitely one of the greats in the children‘s book world.

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dabbe
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I haven't revisited this book since reading it to my nephew back in 1985. As an ol' lady who's feeling like Charlotte at the end of the book, the story is as fresh and moving and meaningful as ever. What I really noticed this time was White's power with lists like the food Templeton finds at the fair: “a deviled-ham sandwich, a piece of Swiss cheese, part of a hard-boiled egg, and the core of a wormy apple.“ Some writer indeed. Thanks, @megnews.

TheBookHippie We read this every March - with my little readers -I love it so . 6mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie I bet you give an awesome audio! 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
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dabbe
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@megnews, Vansa, mrp27, dabbe, sblbooks, TheAromaofBooks, Roary47, julieclair, Ann_Reads

Even though I didn't chime in much, I enjoyed reading what everyone had to say and revisiting this much beloved book from childhood.

Hope you'll forgive me for the cartoon; I just couldn't resist! 🤣

Amiable 😆 6mo
Ruthiella 😂 6mo
Singout That‘s hilarious! 6mo
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Daisey This is so wrong in the context of the sweet story that is Charlotte's Web, but also hilarious. 6mo
dabbe @Daisey I know! I was torn between posting it or not, but the satirical side of me won. This time. 😃 6mo
Vansa This cartoon is very funny 😂😂 6mo
dabbe @Vansa 💙🖤🩵 6mo
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megnews
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All the stars! I had to finish. This is a childhood story that will always live in my heart and a classic that will never die. It is the perfect story.
Thank you to the group that discussed it with me. It made the rereading even more enjoyable.

sblbooks Thanks for the invite! This is my first time reading it. 5⭐ 6mo
Roary47 I might finish it today too. It‘s a re-read, but I could read this one again any time. When was the boxcar children going to start? Tuesday? I need to make sure I have the first book. 6mo
Vansa Thank you for this! Lovely read 6mo
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mrp27 Thanks for hosting, I finished early too! 6mo
megnews @Roary47 not til sept 1. So you have a little time 6mo
AnnR I also finished early, as I used listening to the audio version as an incentive to ride my exercise bike. Thank you for hosting, Meg. 🐖🕷🕸 6mo
julieclair Thank you for choosing this. What a delight. 6mo
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megnews
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Wilbur awakes to find a tired Charlotte and her magnum opus-an egg sac full of 514 eggs! Templeton returns after a night of gorging himself on fair food with bad news about Uncle pig next door already winning. Humble Wilbur gets another buttermilk bath and is called to the stage for a special prize.

sblbooks I had no idea spiders gave birth to so many at one time. 6mo
megnews @sblbooks me neither 6mo
TheAromaofBooks I love Charlotte, but the idea of 514 spiders at once is a little terrifying 😂 6mo
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Roary47 @sblbooks Right?! I was thinking that too. @TheAromaofBooks when Wilbur mentioned all of them running around I was thinking of a few horror movies I‘ve seen. 😱😭 6mo
AnnR @Roary47 🙂😱😁 6mo
mrp27 I was so mad at Templeton breaking the news like that! 6mo
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megnews
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Templeton has a blast at the fair and brings back the word humble for Charlotte‘s web. There were a couple pics of Templeton but I had to include this one from the last chapter. This quiet night between Charlotte and Wilbur is so sweet.

Roary47 I like how humble is the last word. It depicts Wilbur so well. 6mo
sblbooks I love that quiet night scene as well, Meg. 6mo
julieclair I did get a hoot out of Templeton‘s wild night at the fair! 6mo
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Blueberry
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Everybody runs off to enjoy their favorite parts of the fair.
Are you a fair goer? I went once in 6th grade and sneezed 100 times in a row and my eyes swelled shut. Needless to say, I haven‘t been back. 😞

Roary47 We are a small town so ours is pretty lame. We see the animals and eat the food. The line for the cinnamon rolls wraps around the building for good reason! In the story I forgot how grumpy Uncle was. I‘m glad Wilbur is a kind and friendly pig. 💛 6mo
sblbooks I enjoyed going to the mountain state fair when I was younger. I loved the animals, food and the rides. It's been several years since I've been. It's harder to get around since I injured my ankle and can't walk as well. This is a fun chapter, but I'm worried about Charlotte. 6mo
Vansa Yes, when I lived in a small town! First ( and last) time I ever went on a Ferris Wheel- we call them giant Wheels here. It was super fun at first and then I was terrified and spent the rest of the ride crying. My poor dad kept trying to comfort me and tell me it would be over soon😂 6mo
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dabbe We used to go every year because my husband's mother always entered her crafts and baked goods. She won numerous blue ribbons, and it was always the highlight of her year. 💙🎡💙 6mo
mrp27 Growing up every year we would go to the LA County Fair. But being Los Angeles there wasn‘t much focus on animals or baked goods as it was pretty large. I loved the rides and all the snacks of course. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh yes, I was a big into 4-H so fair week was a huge deal. We pretty much lived there, and even stayed the nights in the dairy barn some of the time. So many good memories!!! 6mo
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megnews
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Wilbur gets a buttermilk bath in preparation for the fair. Charlotte and Templeton tag along clandestinely. At first Templeton refused until he found out what a rat smorgasbord a fair can be.

AnnR According to info I found online, the use of milk baths dates back to Roman times. Buttermilk in particular contains a high amount of lactic acid, which has exfoliating properties. Given the price of a quart of buttermilk, I don't think I'll be trying this anytime soon. 😋

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sblbooks I'm glad Charlotte was able to tag along, so Wilbur won't be lonely at the fair. 6mo
mrp27 Interesting about the buttermilk. Was always glad charlotte made the trip with Wilbur and even though Templeton and I have different food tastes I was even tempted by the idea of all the fair food. 6mo
megnews @Ann_Reads I seem to recall a book I read years ago with a woman who washed her face with buttermilk. But I can‘t think which book 6mo
Roary47 @Ann_Reads thank you for the research. I was curious about if it helped with Wilbur not getting red. I‘ve always been to fair and seen all the pigs were sunburnt. I‘m not sure exfoliating would help in that regard. 6mo
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megnews
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Lots of foreshadowing in this chapter as Wilbur and Charlotte think ahead to the fair. Wilbur begs Charlotte to go but she won‘t make any promises.
Photo from tomorrow‘s chapter.

Roary47 I like that Wilbur can do tricks and is still be kind to everyone. All the attention doesn‘t cause him to be full of himself. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks This is one of my favorite illustrations from the whole book. I just love all the prize ribbons 😂 I also loved hearing what each character was dreaming about - Mrs. Z dreaming about a deep freeze, been there! 😆 6mo
megnews @TheAromaofBooks I loved the dreams too! 6mo
mrp27 Naturally as kid reading I never saw the foreshadowing of what was to come. Now as an adult I can see it in every chapter. 6mo
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“Children pay attention better than grownups.” I like Dr Dorian, his outlook, and his advice to Mrs Arable.

Roary47 I didn‘t catch what type of doctor he is, but he seems like a therapist. I like that she went to ask questions. I also like how he said he is suppose to know everything, but he doesn‘t and that‘s okay. 7mo
AnnR Agreed. Good advice from a doctor, for once. Having said that, I kinda wish EB White hadn't made a female character the nervous neurotic worrier, while all the male characters are kinda like, oh, just chill out. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I absolutely loved Dr. Dorian - “the web itself is a miracle.“ I love it!! 7mo
mrp27 Good advice from the dr and spot on about the miracle being charlotte and the web. 7mo
megnews @TheAromaofBooks @mrp27 100% agree about the miracle of the web. So much in nature is a miracle 6mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#InvolvesAnimals 🐷🕷️🦆🐑🐑🐀 #BookBinge 📚❤️📚

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Beautiful 🩷 🐷 🩷 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice! 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Such a great book!! 7mo
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megnews
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Charlotte spins another web and people come from far and and wide to see the terrific pig. Templeton goes on his hunt in the dump and after 2 failed attempts, finally finds a word Charlotte can use for her next project. Charlotte sings Wilbur to sleep. They have such a sweet friendship.

BooksNBowls This is my childhood all in a book 🥲 7mo
mrp27 I loved how White described Charlotte spinning the web and how she she doubled the lettering so it would stand out. One of the chapters in which I liked Templetons sarcasms and stubbornness. 7mo
Roary47 @mrp27 This is my favorite part of this chapter too. A spider web is really a work of art. All spiders master a technique and it is amazing. I also had some chuckles with the words Templeton had a first: “Crispy” 😂 Nope, not that one! 7mo
megnews @mrp27 yes I like his character at times as well. @Roary47 yes, those first choices weren‘t going to do Wilbur any good! 😂 7mo
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Meeting of the minds. Charlotte holds a meeting to get her new ideas for her web to save Wilbur. We find she‘s as annoyed as some of us with Goose‘s repetitive nature. Templeton arrives late with no intention of helping but threats about future missing slops convince him otherwise.

Roary47 I laughed out loud at Charlottes roll call for the Goose and goslings. 🤣 Saying something along the lines of: Well this is turning into a large meeting. She was so frustrated. Poor Charlotte. 💛 7mo
mrp27 That was a pretty funny scene with charlotte calling the meeting. I like how she employs everyone to help so every one feels important and needed. 7mo
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Charlotte puts her plan into action and astounds the Zuckerman‘s. Even as a kid, I agreed with Mrs Zuckerman that it seemed they had some spider as opposed to some pig.

AnnR @megnews Agreed, that Charlotte is the exceptional one. I was thinking this must have been a challenging illustration to draw, while trying to make it look realistic. 7mo
Roary47 I forgot that they were so distracted by Charlottes web they forgot their farm duties. Plus the church even did a sermon involving it. Crazy! It is a miraculous sight and helps Wilbur, but to forget the rest of your life around you seems strange to me. 7mo
mrp27 Charlotte is some spider alright. 7mo
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Avery was just being a boy but also kind of got what was coming to him for messing with Charlotte. But the poor barnyard animals having to smell that ghastly rotten egg! 🤢 🤮

mrp27 I remember this scene well from reading as a child. The rotten smell was so vivid in my mind. 7mo
Roary47 I hope the smell didn‘t last too long for the poor animals. 😢 7mo
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Oliver James is a truck driver on tiktok who had some learning disabilities and never learned to read in school. He is teaching himself to read and started a book club on tiktok. Coincidentally, he is currently read Charlotte‘s Web.

DivineDiana This is fantastic! 📚 7mo
Tamra How awesome! 7mo
AnnR Really admirable. 👍📚 7mo
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IamIamIam I don't use TikTok but this may actually push me to get started!!! I love this!! 7mo
Roary47 How cool! Good for him. 🥰 7mo
dabbe #allthegoodfeels 😍😍😍 7mo
RebL His videos can be so happy & so bittersweet all at the same time. 7mo
mrp27 Love this, so awesome. If I were on tik tok I‘d join. 7mo
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Wilbur tries to spin a web but finds he‘s not properly equipped. Lamb insults Wilbur and Charlotte fiercely defends him. As night sets in Wilbur remembers his fear and talks to Charlotte again. She promises she is coming up with a plan to save Wilbur.

AnnR Charlotte gives some thoughtful advice that could apply to the rest of us; “never hurry and never worry.“ 7mo
mrp27 Agreed, great advice for everyone. The animals always seem to pick on Wilbur. 7mo
Roary47 I thought this is really cute! Wilbur is just a piglet, so he‘s like a little kid who believes anything is possible. I agree with @Ann_Reads we all need to find time to slow down. @mrp27 it‘s sad that Wilbur gets picked on, but at the same time I think they are trying to prepare him for the world. I‘m sure baby animals have to grow up a lot faster than us. Especially, those in nature. 7mo
julieclair I was proud of Wilbur for really trying to spin a web, and a bit surprised, too. That took bravery and spunk! 7mo
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megnews
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Short chapter today. No picture. But the mystery of whether Fern can understand the animals is solved. It appears she can. And Mrs Arable is concerned enough about it to want to take her to the doctor. Mr. Arable thinks Fern is fine.

Vansa I love how easily and nonchalantly White eases you into a world that's not fantastical, with Fern being able to understand the animals! 7mo
megnews @Vansa completely agree! 7mo
AnnR @Vansa A really apt comment. Fern understanding the language of the animals just seems perfectly normal, the way White presents it anyway. I agree with Mr Arable's comment that maybe Fern just listens harder than the rest of them. :-) 7mo
mrp27 I totally forgot that Fern can understand the animals and I love the way White explains it. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I was so interested to see my question from yesterday answered lol I was glad that Mr. Arable was so chill about it. 7mo
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Wilbur learns the awful truth of his Christmas fate and Charlotte makes a bold promise. “You shall not die.”

Should sheep have shared this bad news? Should Charlotte make such a promise?

AnnR Probably no on both counts, but then that wouldn't make for a very dramatic story. Poor Wilbur. Sheep was being awfully mean. 7mo
Vansa Definitely, sheep should have told him! Wilbur has a right to know, even if sheep was doing it to be mean! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks It also seemed like Fern understood what the sheep was saying - does she understand the animals' language? I had forgotten that part of the story! 7mo
Roary47 I agree with @Ann_Reads that sheep probably shouldn‘t have told him, and Charlotte should not have made such a promise. However, there comes a point when we need to learn hard truths like the one Wilbur had gotten. @TheAromaofBooks I noticed that too! She was at least intrigued that the animals were talking to each other. 7mo
mrp27 I agree, probably no on both counts but the truth is always best. 7mo
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Congratulations to Goose and Gander on the arrival of their 7 goslings. This chapter evoked the feeling of peaceful summer days gone by - other than the further character development of Templeton.

Roary47 The thing I appreciated more, reading this as adult this time around, is the description of the smell of a rotten egg. Sometimes my ducks hide their eggs well and they pop in the summer heat. 🤢🤧😵 7mo
mrp27 Another great display of the circle of life! Ahh Templeton. He was always a character I had liked and disliked. As a young kid he kind of scared me. When I got older I found him kind of funny. 7mo
AnnR Templeton still creeps me out. 7mo
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dabbe Whenever I think of Templeton, I think of the 1973 movie and him singing “A fair is a veritable smorgasbord“ in Paul Lynde's voice; it cracked me up! 🤣 7mo
megnews @mrp27 agreed 6mo
megnews @dabbe me too! And we‘re almost there! 6mo
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Wilbur and Charlotte meet. Wilbur learns about spiders‘ dietary habits and they have their first disagreement of sorts. Goose foreshadows Wilbur‘s fate. Speaking of goose, as a kid, I loved her stuttering repetitiveness. What do you think?

sblbooks Wilbur finally finds out who was talking to him. I'm glad he has a friend now. The repetitiveness of goose kind of aggravates me. How cute is this illustration. 7mo
AnnR Sorry, goose annoys me a little, partially because she is a trouble maker. As an adult, I don't care for the repetitiveness. The audiobook really brings attention to it. I did have to chuckle that the gander has very few lines, lol. (edited) 7mo
mrp27 I‘m enjoying the goose, stuttering not bothering me. Glad too Wilbur finally has a friend and as cute as he is hope the whining stops! 7mo
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dabbe Is it awful of me to think that if I saw a cobweb like that I would scream and then get my husband to get rid of it? Glad Mrs. Zuckerman is bolder than I am! 😍 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I always enjoyed the goose's rhythm of speaking when I was a kid and read this book, so I like it now haha I also like the little lessons to young readers about the importance of spiders in the circle of life!! 7mo
Roary47 I guess a don‘t mind either way about Goose stuttering, but I always felt that Goose was a bully. As an adult Goose does try to get Wilbur to think differently and be wise to the world around him. I also like the importance of spiders portrayed here like @TheAromaofBooks mentions. Spiders are so important to our lives. Like it said in the book, we don‘t want flys everywhere! Spiders help bring that population down. 🥰 7mo
megnews @sblbooks @Ann_Reads @mrp27 @TheAromaofBooks @Roary47 I agree with those who find Goose to be a bully, or maybe just a highly opinionated string female character. Oddly, while I find the repetition annoying I also enjoy the particular words White chose for it. It‘s something about the sound of the words for me. 7mo
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ShyBookOwl Omg can't wait to read this to my little guy! 7mo
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I had to laugh at a pig planning out his day and with such hour by hour detail. Poor Wilbur can‘t find a friend to play with when Fern can‘t visit.
Did anyone else notice the illustrations are by Garth Williams, the same illustrator of the Little House Series? Truly delightful.

sblbooks Yes, I did notice it was the same illustrator. Poor Wilbur needs a friend. The hour by hour breakdown made me think of the Grinch.😂 7mo
AnnR Poor Wilbur has been spoiled by Fern. :-) 7mo
julieclair I‘m so glad you‘re posting the illustrations each day. They are delightful! I‘m listening on audio, so I don‘t get to see the illustrations. But the audio is read by E.B. White himself, so it‘s a treasure! 7mo
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mrp27 I‘ve always loved Williams illustrations. Reading Wilbur plan his day made me chuckle but I never realized how whiny he was. 7mo
Vansa I found this such a perfect chapter for kids- nobody wanting to play with you is such a universal feeling! 7mo
Roary47 Wilbur has definitely been spoil by Fern. Planning out his day is cute, but also maybe to keep his spirits up since he doesn‘t get to talk to anyone. 7mo
megnews @Vansa so true! 7mo
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Wilbur soon gets bored of wallowing in mud all day and misses his adventures with Fern. Egged along by goose, he finds an escape route and freedom! But he‘s so overwhelmed by the big world he‘s not sure what to do and quickly gets caught by Mrs Zuckerman who alerts the men. Against the goose‘s urging Wilbur is lured into the barn by the smells of slop. EB White‘s writing is so good. He incorporates the sense of smell a lot.

sblbooks Wilbur shouldn't have listened to Goose.😂 This was an entertaining chapter. 7mo
megnews @sblbooks goose was definitely a troublemaker- in keeping with a goose‘s character 7mo
sblbooks @megnews a troublemaker for sure. 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks I loved the happy barn description!!!! I've spent a lot of time in old barns, and White really captures that so well. 7mo
mrp27 Agreed, White is so good. Reading as an adult I still got a smile and a chuckle. Great chapter full of humor and description. What a talent. 7mo
Vansa I found it interesting that Wilbur had a sort of chance at freedom...and decided not to take it.Like a kid who wants to run away till.the end of the road, I guess! 7mo
AnnR I'm following along but basically looking at illustrations in each chapter. Now I couldn't imagine the story without the pictures.This one screams “chaos reigns“ lol. Wilbur seems easily influenced by his new farms friends but not terribly brave, especially the fear of facing an empty tummy. 7mo
julieclair This was such a fun chapter! I thought it was so sweet that Wilbur decided he really was too young to be out on his own. 💙 7mo
Roary47 @Vansa I agree, while I agree with everyone else in the humor. It is interesting that Wilbur is given an out and is drawn back in quite easily. I don‘t think at this point he sees the danger in listening to his farm friends like @Ann_Reads mentions, leaving to fend it on his own, or stay and risk being dinner. 7mo
Vansa @Roary47 yeah, i actually thought White introduced just a shade of darkness into the scene,with the farmers saying he would " make a good pig" and Wilbur feeling warmed by the phrase, little knowing what that implied! 7mo
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Fern grows more attached to Wilbur but inevitably, as he grows, he begins to eat more. Mr Avery has no Intention of feeding a pig. He must be sold. Fern‘s mother recommends she call her Uncle Homer to see if he‘d buy the pig. And so Wilbur goes to live just down the road where Fern can still visit. How will the separation go?

Vansa That illustration ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
julieclair I think it will be fine, since they are just down the road from each other. Fern‘s mother came up with a good plan! 7mo
sblbooks @Vansa I know... so cute🐷 7mo
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AnnR It's good Fern's mom intervened. Such a cute graphic but I couldn't imagine pushing a piggy around in a baby cart, even an adorable little one. (edited) 7mo
mrp27 A perfect plan for all involved but I was always surprised Fern was ok with this. 7mo
AnnR @mrp27 I had a similar reaction. Plus it was surprising Fern's uncle agreed to pay for the runt of the litter, even if the price was cheap. 7mo
Roary47 Just a girl and her pet pig. 🥰 7mo
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EB White knows how to write a first line and chapter that hook you from the beginning. As a kid, my strong sense of justice had me connecting with Fern from the first lines. What were your thoughts on the opening chapter?

kspenmoll 💙💚💜 7mo
Vansa I was amused that Fern felt that way though,she lives on a farm and eats bacon! Surely she's used to animals being culled? 7mo
AnnR @megnews You can keep me on the tag list, if that's okay. Even if I don't reread this one, I'll happily follow the discussion. (Or I might just miss you all and decide to join in. 🤗) 7mo
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dabbe @Vansa And the irony of this line: “[T]he room smelled of coffee, BACON, damp plaster, and wood smoke from the stove.“ 🙃 7mo
dabbe Did I read this right: “Avery grabbed his gun and another doughnut. The children ran out to the road and climbed into the bus.“

So, Avery took his gun on the bus to go to school? That wouldn't go over in this current school climate! 😳
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mrp27 I was always curious about that too. How can you eat bacon and then cry injustice? Such is a child‘s whim. But I do understand how heartbreaking it is to slaughter an animal just because it had the unfortunate luck to be born small. 7mo
megnews @Ann_Reads will do! Since you reread it not too long ago you can probably easily join in the conversation 7mo
megnews @dabbe such different times! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Vansa @dabbe - Fern is pretty young and it's emphasized that she's up early that morning - I wonder if this is just the first time she's aware of this aspect of farm life? She definitely seemed a bit dramatic!! 7mo
julieclair @dabbe I‘m listening on audio, and wondered if I‘d heard that wrong! Very different time for sure. 7mo
sblbooks @dabbe That definitely would not happen today. I couldn't have lived on a farm. My grandfather raised cattle and that was hard enough. ( I lived next door) 7mo
AnnR It's Thursday and I just came across a full cast audio version, so decided to 'reread' it after all. @Dabbe and @julieclair You definitely read and listened to that passage about Avery correctly. Yikes! (edited) 7mo
Roary47 @Dabbe @julieclair and @Ann_Reads Right crazy!! @Vansa @mrp27 I agree my kids are growing up with us harvesting chicken, so wondering why she is objecting. However, I‘m wondering if maybe she is used to they growing up to be dinner. Like Wilbur is a piglet, not full grow, so in her mind this might be the injustice? Being young maybe she has not witnessed the ruts not always making it. 7mo
megnews @Roary47 good point. It could be that the pig isn‘t even being killed “for a good reason” (food) in her mind but just because it‘s too small. 7mo
Vansa @Roary47 that's an interesting perspective, and her anger at that is probably what is driving her to protest! 7mo
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Reminder: Charlotte‘s Web chapter a day readalong starts Tuesday. It‘s not too late to join. Grab your book and readalong! 😊

julieclair I loved this book as a child! Looking forward to this reread. 😀 7mo
dabbe Can't wait! 🕷️+🐷=🕸️ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I can't remember whether or not I told you tag me for this one, but please do - I found my copy!! 7mo
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repost for @megnews:

I‘ve enjoyed the #LittleHouse chapter a day readalong so much. Our last book in that series only has 4 chapters. I want to continue reading along the childhood books that made me a reader, transitioning to another farm girl, Fern, and her farmyard friends. Chapter a day #BuddyRead begins August 1. All welcome!!

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