Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics)

Written by E B White

Part of the Puffin Modern Classics Series

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LoveReading View on Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics)

David Almond, September 2011 Guest Editor, on Charlotte's Web: "It’s the story of a girl, a pig and a spider. It takes place on a barn, a farm, and a country fair. It shows the gorgeousness of life, the imminence of death, the importance of love and friendship. It has one of fiction’s great opening sentences - “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” – and a drama that unfolds with elegance, pace and conviction. It’s beautiful, tough, deeply moving and it’ll be read for ever." 

Chosen as the Puffin Modern Classic 1950 - 1959

Julia Eccleshare's Comment:

Magical, this timeless farmyard story tells of the power of friendship. When the runty little piglet is saved from an early death, he grows into a fine and handsome pig. And the farmer wants to kill him.

Can Charlotte, the spider who has grown to love him, save his life?

Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.

Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics) Synopsis

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 their own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to be quite a pig.

Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics) Press Reviews

'An outstanding book for young children.' The Time Literary Supplement

'One of the bestselling children's books in publishing history, Charlotte's Web continues to pose a magical freshness...' Guardian

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ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 03/06/2010
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354828
Publication date: 3rd June 2010
Author: E B White
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Animals

About E B White

Elwyn Brooks White was born in Mount Vernon, New York, as the son of Samuel White, a prosperous piano manufacturer, and Jessie (Hart) White; she was forty-one and Samuel was forty-five. Elwyn was the youngest child of a large family, where parents really loved children. On Elwyn's twelfth birthday his father wrote to him: "You are the object of the affectionate solicitude of your mother and father. Then you have been born a Christian. When you reflect that the great majority of men are born in heathen lands in dense ignorance and superstition it is something to be thankful for ...

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