Rating: 4.5 / 5
For Middle Grade March, we decided to pick a classic children’s book for the #classicsbuddyread that I help to host on Bookstagram. CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White is certainly one that I remember from my childhood, but reading it again there was a lot that I forgot.
This classic story finds Wilbur, the runt pig among his siblings, saved and raised by the little girl Fern. Still, the life of a pig on a farm is destined to be short. Charlotte is a wise old spider who steps in to help, hatching a plan to make Wilbur special, spelling out words about Wilbur in her web.
There is always a bit of worry going into a childhood favorite that reading it through the eyes of an adult will somehow diminish it, but this is a book that really holds strong even reading it as an adult. There was much to the story that I had forgotten, like much of Fern’s whole role throughout the book.
The writing in this one really impressed me too! White’s descriptive language to describe the farm, the animals and the seasons is incredible and really brought the story to life. The characters are fun as well! I’m still never going to be a fan of spiders or rats, but I’ll make an exception for Charlotte and Templeton!
This was a really fun book to revisit and I’m glad we decided to make this our March read! It also gave me an excuse to buy Kylee a little Wilbur of her own. She loves it, but is also scared of it (it makes pig-ish noises that she’s not so sure of).