Top 100 Novel
White, E.B. Williams, Garth. Charlotte's Web. NY: HarperCollins, 1952. Print.
Fern Arable saves a pig when her father wants to slaughter the runt of the litter. She decides to name the pig Wilbur and loves and takes care of Wilbur. When Wilbur gets older he is sold to Fern's uncle, Homer Zuckerman, and he lives on his farm and is made fun of by the other farm animals. Wilbur weeps when he finds out he is intended to be slaughtered, he is then befriended by the spider that lives above him named Charlotte who promises to intervene to save Wilbur's life. Charlotte spins her web to create words of praise so that Babe is noticed. The web messages bring visitors and fame to Wilbur, he is then entered into the fair. Charlotte and Templeton, a rat, accompany Babe to the fair. Charlotte lays eggs at the fair and dies soon after, but the eggs return home with Babe. After hatching, many of the spiders leave the barn however, 3 spiders stay with Babe where he is kept company by Charlotte's offspring for many years.
I first read Charlotte's Web in third grade, and it has since remained one of my favorite books. I relate to Fern in that I am an animal lover and would have reacted the same way she did upon finding out Wilbur's fate. Shortly after reading this book, my dad found baby bunnies in our backyard and I rushed out in a similar, dramatic fashion as Fern did, afraid of their fate (luckily, we just moved the bunnies into our front yard so the dogs would not get to them.) This book is one of my favorite classics and I agree that it should be No. 1 on the list of top 100 children's novels.