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Friday, April 03, 2015

CHARLOTTE'S WEB



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CHARLOTTE’S WEB, by E.B. White


I read Charlotte's Web in fourth grade after my life (seemingly) ended. I had just finished the last book of the Little House series and wondered what would I do now. Go back to playing outside with my friends? Do my homework? I had a better idea. I walked to our classroom library bookshelves and pulled out the copy of Charlotte's Web. 


Even though I had (yes still have) a terrible, ridiculous phobia of spiders, I pushed that aside and enjoyed reading this book. I continue to hold Charlotte's Web dear to my heart.


First Line: “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.


End Line: "It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both."


My favorite quote from this book is actually right before the last line: “…none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself.”


Even though I’ve been told all my adult life that people can be replaced, I’d like to think—um no, not really.  

13 comments:

  1. Hi Teresa - I'm ashamed to say I've never read the book, and I don't think I've seen the film - though had the opportunity a few times. It's certainly on my radar to be viewed ...

    Charlotte sounds a great character .. and I love the last phrase "Charlotte was Both" ... cheers Hilary

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  2. People nor special spiders can be replaced. I wish it were different but we keep them in our heart always.

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  3. I read the book and saw the movie in 3rd grade...1973. Loved both. But I still don't like spiders.

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  4. I love, love, love this book. I remember the first time I read it. After reading it, I became a vegetarian for a long time! I was 6. :)

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  5. A really great book indeed. Movie was good too

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  6. People can never be replaced.
    I've never read the book but I have seen the movie.

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  7. Charlotte is a special kind of spider.

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  8. No, people can never be replaced. Function can be replaced but never personality -- and souls are precious just because they are unique. :-)

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  9. Hate, hate, hate the spiders but I do admit I love the Charlotte. I too read it in the forth grade.

    Saw your post Miss T and wanted to see if you survived the wicked storms last night. Gotta tell ya, this chick felt her toes touch the yellow brick road a couple times. Farm Boy, well he's gonna wake up in a tree one of these days!

    God bless ya doll and enjoy your Easter Weekend!!! :o)

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  10. Charlotte's Web was one of my very favorite books growing up. Loved it. SOME PIG!

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  11. You had to bring up the tearjerker of my childhood. Still, this is one of those emotional stories that I enjoy revisiting. :)

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  12. We are never too old to read a story book! And I have personally felt, a bit of tales do help us come out of our endless mature fears :)

    Naqvee :)

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  13. When I was in 4th grade our teacher read Charlotte's Web to us over a period of several days. I remember crying when she reached the end of book. She read aloud so beautifully and I was so moved.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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