“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White is one of the best books I’ve ever read. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's the best children's chapter book of all time. Believe it or not, I had never read “Charlotte’s Web” before now (which saddens me greatly)! I can't help but think of all the years I've missed out on this book. It’s a classic for a reason, and there’s not much I can say about this novel that hasn’t already been said. The characters grow and mature throughout the novel, giving it this wonderfully nostalgic and realistic feel, and it’s not often that the ending of a book genuinely surprises me, but this one truly did. I love this book and I can't wait to read it to my child. It will always have a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
Recommended Age Group?
I would recommend this book to everyone, kids and adults alike, but the age
group that would benefit most from White’s wonderful words would be children aged 9-12 (grades 3-6). Some children may have a difficult time with the idea of killing animals for food, as this isn’t something that is overly talked about, but it definitely opens the door for discussion. Younger children might also have difficulty understanding some of the dynamic vocabulary, as this book was originally published in 1952. However, I wouldn't let the age of this book or the trickier vocabulary stop you from reading it to younger grades, as there is still so much children can glean from incredible characters and heart-wrenching story.
This book is filled with important themes. It teaches us about life, death, growing up and time spent. It hones in on the value of friendship, self-care, and how we should treat others. I was absolutely in awe of how E.B. White could fit so much wisdom in such a short novel, and I have a feeling that much of his wisdom will come in handy as I raise my children.
This book is definitely classroom approved! I'm sure you'll have a great time reading this book to any grade, but children below grade 3 are probably a bit young to understand all of the themes and 1950s vocabulary.
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