Charlotte's Web

Written by E.B. White
Illustrated by Garth Williams

Reviewed by Kristi B. (age 10)

Do you like animal books with a zesty storyline, then listen to this! Charlotte's Web is an interesting story about a pig named Wilbur who is born as the runt of the litter. Originally, he was going to be killed by Fern's father but Fern pleaded to her father to keep him. Wilbur was raised at Fern's home until he was too big to stay in the house. After that, he moved to farmer Zuckerman's barn. When he arrived, Wilbur met a kind, motherly spider, a mob of farm animals, and a new journey was waiting for him.

Charlotte's Web is a funny, emotional story that will absorb anyone who reads this book. My favorite part was when Charlotte made the words in her web to save Wilbur from being killed by Mr..Zuckerman for food. One of the words is “terrific”. Wilbur reminds me of my brother, a happy-go-lucky person. However, when in trouble, he gets very serious. This story also reminds me of my family because I could be Fern, who sticks with Wilbur very often. My oldest brother would be the duck because he is stern and a leader. My parents are like Mr. and Mrs.Zuckerman because they are strict sometimes and have to get my brother out of trouble!

I would recommend this book to kids who love animal books between 3rd grade to 5th grade, but there is a catch: It has a sad but surprising ending. If you love animal books, then definitely read this book now!

Kristi B. is a student in Mr. Richard's 4th Grade Class
2007-2008