Charlotte’s Web – my thoughts

wilburAuthor – E. B. White

Blurb –

“I don’t want to die!

Save me, somebody!
Save me!”
The tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.
(From Puffin Books)
An affectionate pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, White reminds readers to open their eyes to the wonder and miracle found in the simplest of things.

My thoughts:

Going back in time to our simple & carefree childhood days is always fun. When I received this book from BIBLIOBETH, I had a nostalgic visit down the memory lane. Thanks Bibliobeth! 🙂 ❤

Charlotte’s Web is a heart-warming book about friendship, trust, sacrifice, loyalty & unconditional love. The characters of the book – Charlotte, the spider; Wilbur, the pig; Tempelton, the rat; Fern, the lil’ girl; the group of geese, etc. – are etched nicely with all inherent characteristics & all have a role to play in the fate of Wilbur.

Wilbur is born as a runt & the farmer decides to kill him; but his daughter Fern comes to the rescue & takes care of the undersized pig. As he grows older, he is shifted to a nearby farm. Just when Wilbur was beginning to enjoy his life in the barn, he came to know of his imminent fate the coming Christmas. The horrified pig looks for help to escape his fate and that is when a large grey spider, Charlotte, enters his life & promises to save him somehow or the other. And she did finally manage to save him with a little intelligence & by doing what she is best at – weaving webs & with some help from Templeton. Throughout this ordeal, the innocent & simple Wilbur transforms from a confused individual to one who gives his loyalty & devotion in return for Charlotte’s sacrifice.

The author uses humour every now & then to keep the story alive. Also, the way he describes the end of the seasons, the details of the village Fair- they are very vivid for both a kid and an adult mind. Here is what the author wrote –

The autumn days grew shorter, Lurvy brought the squashes and pumpkins in from the garden and piled them on the barn floor, where they wouldn’t get nipped on frosty nights. The maples and birches turned bright colors and the wind shook them and they dropped their leaves one by one to the ground. Under the wild apple trees in the pasture, the little red apples lay thick on the ground, and the sheep gnawed them and the geese gnawed them and foxes came in the night and sniffed them. One evening, just before Christmas, snow began falling. It covered the house and barn and fields and woods. Wilbur had never seen snow before.”

This book is a heartwarming story & have lessons to derive from. It also has the capacity to hold the attention of kids & adults alike. 🙂

 And I end my post with these beautiful & heart-touching lines  –

“Why did you do all this for me?” he asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ 
You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

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