by E.B. White
One spring morning, a litter of piglets comes into the world on the Arable farm. Fern Arable, age 8, rescues the runt of the litter from his demise, feeding him from a bottle and toting him around in a doll carriage. Eventually, Wilbur the pig moves down the road to Mr. Zuckerman’s farm–Fern’s uncle–to be fattened up for ham and bacon. The usual fate of a pig is not to be for Wilbur, however. Charlotte, a friendly gray spider, makes it her mission to save Wilbur from the dinner table. She weaves messages about Wilbur into her web and Wilbur becomes the talk of the county. But the real lessons aren’t about how to save a pig; themes of friendship, sacrifice, and growing up intertwine throughout this classic children’s story.
Instead of a review, I compiled a list of my favorite quotes from this book. I think it’s stood the test of time and doesn’t need me to spout my opinions about it. Enjoy!
Pearls of Wisdom and Pretty Words from Charlotte’s Web:
- “And when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep.” -p. 32
- “…the quickest way to spoil a friendship is to wake somebody up in the morning before he is ready.” -p. 35
- “I stay put and wait for what comes.” -p. 61
- “Never hurry and never worry!” -p. 65
- “People are not as smart as bugs.” -p. 67
- “Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will.” -p. 69
- “People believe almost anything they see in print.” -p. 89
- “I don’t like what I can’t understand.” -p. 110
- “Children pay attention better than grown-ups.” -p. 110
- “A little maple tree in the swamp heard the cricket song and turned bright red with anxiety.” -p. 114
- “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.” -p. 176
- “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” -p. 184