How can you have an entire story revolving around a spider and a pig? This question was on my mind when I picked up Charlotte’s Web for reading, but I realized that you can a very beautiful story around them as proved by this story.
Charlotte’s Web is that story about a seemingly inconsequential spider named Charlotte living on the barn door of a farm. She strikes a friendship with the piglet named Wilbur who is to be butchered for Christmas feast and decides to save her friend from being killed.
Some facts about Charlotte has to be told here. She is not an ordinary spider. She can read and write English and she skillfully use her talent to save Wilbur from becoming the Christmas feast.
Charlotte’s Web is the story of a friendship, the kind in which you put your heart and soul and of course brains too. Also the kind where you sacrifice your own happiness for the happiness of another.
One another character that needs special mention is the rat named Templeton who is not helpful by nature, but do help these friends out in the end. There is something beautiful about that gesture too. Fern and Avery who are the children of the farm owner do play their parts, but Wilbur and Charlotte are the central characters.
My idea about children’s books have changed drastically ever since I started reading these classics. They are fun to read whatever be your age. I caught a bit of the 2006 adaptation of the movie on TV in which Dakota Fanning plays the character of Fern and Julia Roberts has given voice for Charlotte. I plan to watch the whole movie one day.
So to conclude Charlotte’s Web is a wonderful book that needs to be relished by both young and old.
If you have read it and enjoyed it like me, do let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Movie Adaptation: Charlotte’s Web (2006)