“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Charlotte’s Web. Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. New York: Scholastic, Inc., c1952.
Reading Level: Lexile 680L
Synopsis: Fern saves the runt piglet, Wilbur, from being slaughtered and raises him as a pet pig. As he gets bigger and bigger, he comes closer and closer to being slaughtered for food. The spider, Charlotte, in Wilbur’s pen devises a plan to save his life. She sends the rat, Templeton, to the dumpster to find words in ads that describe Wilbur and writes these in a web hanging in Wilbur’s pen. Wilbur becomes a famous pig winning a prize at the fair, which saves his life.
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: great read aloud
Content Area Connections:
Character Education- friendship, kindness
Possible Areas of Concern: the concept of killing animals, vocabulary