Thursday, March 12, 2020
Charlottes Web Summary
'Charlotte's Web' Summary A masterpiece of American childrenÃ¢â¬â¢s literature, Charlottes WebÃ is a fable by E.B. White about a runt of a pig named Wilbur, who is loved by a little girl and befriended by a very clever spider named Charlotte. Summary of Charlottes Web Author E.B. White, a humorist and elegant essayist who wrote for the New Yorker and Esquire and edited The Elements of Style, wrote two other classic childrenÃ¢â¬â¢s books, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan. But CharlotteÃ¢â¬â¢s Web- an adventure story set largely in a barn, a story of friendship, a celebration of farm life, and much more- is arguably his finest work. The story begins with Fern Arable rescuing the runt of a pigÃ¢â¬â¢s litter, Wilbur, from certain slaughter. Fern cares for the pig, who beats the odds and survives- which is something a theme for Wilbur. Mr. Arable, fearing his daughter is becoming too attached to an animal that is being bred to be butchered, sends Wilbur to the nearby farm of FernÃ¢â¬â¢s uncle, Mr. Zuckerman. Wilbur settles into his new home. At first, heÃ¢â¬â¢s lonely and misses Fern, but he settles in when he meets a spider named Charlotte and other animals, including Templeton, a scavenging rat. When Wilbur discovers his fate- pigs are raised to become bacon- Charlotte hatches a plan to help him. She spins a web over WilburÃ¢â¬â¢s sty that reads: Ã¢â¬Å"Some Pig.Ã¢â¬ Mr. Zucker spots her work and thinks it is a miracle. Charlotte keeps spinning her words, deploying Templeton to bring back labels so she can copy words such as Ã¢â¬Å"TerrificÃ¢â¬ over WilburÃ¢â¬â¢s pigpen. When Wilbur is taken to the country fair, Charlotte and Templeton go to continue their work, as Charlotte spins new messages. The results draw enormous crowds and CharlotteÃ¢â¬â¢s plan to save WilburÃ¢â¬â¢s life pays off. At the close of the fair, however, Charlotte says goodbye to Wilbur. She is dying. But she entrusts her friend with a sack of eggs she has spun. Heartbroken, Wilbur takes the eggs back to the farm and sees that they hatch. Three of CharlotteÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"kidsÃ¢â¬ stay with Wilbur, who lives happily with CharlotteÃ¢â¬â¢s descendants.Ã CharlotteÃ¢â¬â¢s Web was awarded the Massachusetts Childrens Book Award (1984), Newbery Honor Book (1953), Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (1970), and Horn Book Fanfare.