Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

December 9th, 2013 by

charlottes-webSubmitted by Eavan, Age 6 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I love this book! It is about a pig who is the runt of the litter and is in danger of dying. But one member of the family understands his smallness and takes him. Then Wilbur, which is the pig’s name, gets old enough and he can’t live in the house anymore. So he goes to Uncle Homer’s farm. Then he meets a spider named Charlotte and he becomes friends with her. Read it for yourself!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

March 19th, 2013 by

charlottes-webSubmitted by liv, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★☆☆

In charlottes web fern a 8 year old girl saves a pig named wilbert . she raises him , feeds , and loves wilbert . also wilbert goes to a barn and he meets a spiter

Charlotte’s Web Original Art by Garth Williams

October 24th, 2010 by

Sometimes when I look at a book cover — especially a kids’ book cover — I think, “Wow, someone drew that. With their hand! With pencil and/or pen! No computers involved!” And sometimes, the cover illustration is so amazing, it never needs to be replaced — like in the case of Garth Williams‘ cover illustration of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Recently, the original cover illustration of Charlotte’s Web was sold at auction for $155,350… Whoa!

The classic cover shows Fern Arable, Wilbur the Pig, and others gazing up at Charlotte A. Cavatica as she drops down from the title of the book — cleverly spun to say, “Charlotte’s Web.” The book cover is so amazing, it was even replicated for the poster for the 2006 movie!

Garth Williams actually modeled his illustrations of Fern after his own daughter, Fiona — I wonder if she looked anything like Dakota Fanning, who played Fern in the 2006 movie?

Mr. Williams illustrated over a hundred children’s books, and if I just picture a few of my favorites in my mind, like Little House in the Big Woods, A Cricket in Times Square, or Bedtime for Frances, I realize, WOW — Garth Williams’ illustrations has been the basis of many of my childhood memories and imaginations! Are there any books illustrations that you especially  connect with?

— Nancy

Nancy also tried to replicate some interior illustrations from Charlotte’s Web several months ago, but the results don’t really do justice to the original. They’re more like an insult. Sorry.

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Now and Venn: Part 2

January 29th, 2010 by

Guess what happens when I have a lot of spare index cards, markers, and a circular stencil? That’s right, folks! I’ll be continuing my crazed overlapping circle drawings today:

Fun Owl Fact: Their eyeballs are fixed in their sockets, which is why they've evolved to be able to turn their heads all the way around.

Fun Owl Fact: Their eyeballs are fixed in their sockets, which is why they've evolved to be able to turn their heads all the way around.

 

I probably thought of this because of D (above). *Hooo... Hoooo...*

I probably thought of this because of D (above). *Hooo... Hoooo...*

 

Uh, let's not dwell on the reverse roles.  It's sad.

It's not just the difference in species of bird (swans and pheasants)... Pick up the books and find out!

 

And magic, of course. Hagrid is also much less delicate with his pink umbrella.

And magic, of course. Hagrid is also much less delicate with his pink umbrella.

 

The main characters being Bone and Squirrel -- not to be confused with an actual bone and squirrel.  Hey! Bone and RIBsy... Darn, I wish I caught that earlier.

The main characters being Bone and Squirrel -- not to be confused with an actual bone and squirrel. Hey! Bone and RIBsy... Darn, I wish I caught that earlier.

 

Submit your book Venn diagram in the comments!

— Nancy

Oh, what a tangled web she weaves…

January 7th, 2010 by

I recently noticed a funny reference to Charlotte’s Web in an online comic:

doghouse_diaries_tasty_wilbur

After I picked myself off the floor from my laughing fit, I thought of a few other words that might have been problematic for Jeremy:

yum_juicy_bacon

And my favorite (but it would probably take a while for Charlotte to spin this):

om_nom_nom_nom

But since Charlotte from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is one of the kindest, most generous characters ever written (although, yes, I must admit that she’s a little bloodthirsty), I’ll just pretend that this was a different “Charlotte.” A different “Charlotte” that also writes by web and hangs out with pigs. Right…

— Nancy