On foggy mornings, Charlotte’s web was truly a thing of beauty . Even Lurvy, who wasn’t particularly interested in beauty, noticed the web when he came with the pig’s breakfast. And then he took another look and he saw something that made him set his pail down. There, in the centre of the web, neatly woven in block letters, was a message. It said: SOME PIG!
This is the story of a little girl named Fern, who loves a little pig named Wilbur – and of Wilbur’s dear friend, Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider. When Fern’s uncle decrees that Wilbur must become bacon, Fern, Charlotte, Templeton the rat and all Wilbur’s farmyard friends come up with an ingenious plan to fool the humans, and save their very special pig.
Joyful, funny, and deeply moving, Charlotte’s Web is a story about the power of friendship, and celebrating what makes everyone special. It is rightly heralded as one of the greatest children’s books ever written.
“E. B. White’s writing is perfect… And Garth William’s muted illustrations are entirely without fault. Whether read aloud or solo, this is a book well deserving of its ‘classic’ status.” – The Children’s Book Review
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GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM and BACK HOME by Michelle Magorian
CHARLOTTE’S WEB, STUART LITTLE and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E. B. White
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STIG OF THE DUMP by Clive King
ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor
A DOG SO SMALL by Philippa Pearce
GOBBOLINO by Ursula Moray Williams
CARRIE’S WAR by Nina Bawden
MRS FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Richard C O’Brien
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle
THE CAY by Theodore Taylor
TARKA THE OTTER by Henry Williamson
WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
SMITH by Leon Garfield
THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende
ANNIE by Thomas Meehan
THE FAMILY FROM ONE END STREET by Eve Garnett