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Charlotte's Web

by E. B. White
192 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Aslan's Lamb

Wonderful children's book with good morality.

Plot

A little girl named Fern rescues a young pig and names him Wilbur. When Wilbur is sold to the farm down the road, he meets many new animals including a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte. But can Charlotte save Wilbur from being cooked for Christmas?

Morality

There are no evil characters in the book. Even the farmer who wants to cook Wilbur for Christmas isn't portrayed as bad, just practical. Templeton the rat is a selfish character and everything he does has selfish motives but it is clear that the main characters see his attitude as wrong. All the other animal characters grow to like Wilbur and try to help him. Charlotte, especially, is an example of a gentle and faithful friend. Overall, the book has some great lessons about love, friendship and saying goodbye.

Spiritual Content

None really.

Violence

The threat of being killed and cooked for Christmas hangs over Wilbur for much of the story. Some characters trip and fall in the barn.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

A little romance is implied between Fern and a boy and that's about it.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

The book is beautifully written and the characters are very realistic. Kids will be exasperated with Templeton's behavior and they will adore Charlotte and Wilbur. They might even stop eating pork.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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