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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

Charlotte's Web is a great book. It is a modern fantasy that has childlike perceptions. It is about the conspiracy of Life and Death for a farm pig, Wilbur. The farmers look at Wilbur as an ordinary pig whose purpose is to be slaughtered and eaten. On the contrary, Fern, the daughter of the farmer, saves Wilbur's life, seeing that Wilbur has a purpose in life. Later on, Wilbur gets placed in a barn with other farm animals and a spider named Charlotte. Charlotte becomes a mother like figure to Wilbur. She sets out a plan to save Wilbur from being killed by writing positive words that describes Wilbur in her web. Wilbur lives and returns back to the barn with other animals. Charlotte dies, which is a representation of her life for Wilbur's and Wilbur growing up on his own. 

This would be a great book to use in the classroom. It could be used in a third grade classroom. It would be great for comprehension, teaching vocabulary, teaching plot, characters, and themes, or creating a writing assignment.