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Charlotte's Web Special Read-aloud Edition (Hardcover)

Author:  E. B./ Williams White Illustrator:  Garth Williams
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060882611
ISBN-13: 9780060882617
Sku: 202084772
Publish Date: 11/1/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10.75H x 8.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  184
Age Range:  12 to 16
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"Where's papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. (from the first line)
Available for the first time, this enlarged, large-print edition not only makes reading together easier, enhances the delightful details of Williams' timeless and classic art. "Charlotte's Web "is coming to theaters December 2006!
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Wilbur, the pig, is despondent when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner, until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
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A timeless story of friendship, growth, death, and acceptance, CHARLOTTE'S WEB was E.B. White's second children's book. It tells the story of a pig named Wilbur, the runt of his litter, who is saved from an untimely death by Fern Arable, a spunky eight-year-old farmer's daughter. Hand-raised by Fern, Wilbur grows into a healthy young pig that Fern sells to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, a farmer who lives nearby. Each day Fern lovingly visits with Wilbur, but her role as his best friend and nurturer is soon taken over by Charlotte, a wise spider who also lives in the barnyard. When Wilbur learns that he is being fattened up for slaughter, his despair moves Charlotte to promise him that she will do all she can to protect him from this fate. A no-nonsense but compassionate arachnid, Charlotte finds a unique way to let the world know that Wilbur is worthy of saving because he is indeed "SOME PIG." ||Best known as a contributor to The New Yorker and co-author of the writers' guide THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, E.B. White was inspired to write CHARLOTTE'S WEB by his own experiences as a gentleman farmer. CHARLOTTE'S WEB reflects his usual meticulous attention to detail, particularly in terms of Charlotte, who, despite having the ability to speak, is depicted in a realistic, almost scientific, manner. A true classic, CHARLOTTE'S WEB has helped several generations comprehend the concept of death and embrace the circle of life.
Author Bio
E. B. White
Elwyn Brooks White was one of the original writers for "The New Yorker" magazine. Over the course of several years he contributed satirical sketches, poems, essays, and editorials. He wrote his first book for children, STUART LITTLE, after he dreamed of a tiny boy who acted like a mouse. His 1952 classic, CHARLOTTE'S WEB, is actually set on the Maine farm where White and his wife lived. After a sabbatical of 18 years, he published his third and final novel for children, THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN. E. B. White won many awards for his writing, including the 1963 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the 1971 National Medal for Literature. He also received the National Institute of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Essays and Criticism and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Garth Williams illustrated several classic books for children including STUART LITTLE and CHARLOTTE'S WEB, both written by E. B. White, as well as all the books in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series. Williams and his family moved around a lot during his childhood, giving him the opportunity to live not only in the United States, but also Canada and England. Upon reaching adulthood and returning to the United States, Williams tried to get a job illustrating for "The New Yorker" magazine, but his artistic style was considered too "European." However, it was "New Yorker" contributor E. B. White himself who suggested that Williams illustrate STUART LITTLE. In addition to illustrating the works of other authors, Williams also wrote and illustrated his own books, such as THE RABBITS' WEDDING.

Praise

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"[STUART LITTLE and CHARLOTTE'S WEB] appear to be headed for literary immortality in our times...The continuing and almost universal response of children...is the real tribute to the genius of E. B. White." - Chair, 1970 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee

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"One of the most universally acclaimed books in contemporary children's literature...The author brings in wisdom and pathos in developing his theme of friendship within the cycle of life." - Jim Trelease

New York Times Book Review
"The book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life, and the good backbone of succinctness that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow....As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done....an adorable book." - Eudora Welty 10/19/1952

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0184
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
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