Charlotte’s Web’s Celebrates 60th Anniversary!!!

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    Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White will turn 60 years old this week!!! This novel about a spider saving a pig’s life is adored by adults and children everywhere.

    Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White will turn 60 years old this week!!! This novel about a spider saving a pig’s life is adored by adults and children everywhere.

 

 

    The book has been loved in many ways. E. B. White’s writing style is truly memorable. But the writing isn’t the only part that people enjoy. Lincoln Peirce, the author of Big Nate, told me, “The beautiful illustrations by Garth Williams are a favorite part of the book for me. I’ve been interested in the drawings of Templeton, who I think is one of the more interesting characters I've read about in ANY book.”

 

 

    His other favorite part?  “The part at the fair. I always loved the fact that, even though he did not win the blue ribbon for being the prize pig, Wilbur still won a special award. And the scenes at the fair remind me of county fairs I went to as a boy,” he said. Lincoln Peirce is a HUGE fan of the book, and his parents first read it to him in second grade, though he read it many more times in elementary school. Being a teacher, he thinks the book is most popular with elementary students.

 

 

     Another teacher (but this one local), Carolyn Murray, teaches seventh grade Language Arts. She put in, ”I liked the idea that the animals had their own hidden community in the barn away from the humans. ” Her second and third grade teacher was the first to read the book to her.

 

 

     Sue Lubeck is the owner of the children’s bookstore, “Bookies,” which is located in Denver. She started the bookstore over 35 years ago in her basement! She told me,”It is still selling well. It’s most popular with children, and it’s considered a classic. ” She continued, “It had a major affect on Children’s Literature, it makes children interested in reading more books. ”

 

 

    The author of many novels, Wendy Mass, also told me her feelings about the book.  "I read Charlotte’s Web for the first time when I was in fourth grade, then nearly every year since. It was the first book to make me cry. And over a spider! It’s such a wonderful, moving story of friendship and loyalty and loss and celebration. It doesn’t shy away from the often unfairness of life, but shows how everyone can make a difference and not to give up hope,” she theorized. Her favorite part of the book is the words Charlotte spins in the webs.

 

 

    Kids of all ages love the novel. Mary Setelin is a sixth-grader whose parents read her the book at age three. “I read it almost every year. I like the part where Fern and Avery take Wilbur to the lake on the summer day,” she smiled.

 

 

    Many libraries, bookstores, etc. are taking part in celebrating Charlotte’s Web’s 60th birthday. Charlotte’s Web is a classic that was enjoyed by past generations, is enjoyed by present generations, and will be enjoyed by future generations to come.