This past April, I got very sick with a bad cold that drained me of all energy for three days. So much so that I could hardly read. That speaks volume!
However, I did manage to read something: I remembered I had an easy children’s book on my list of Classics to read, so the perfect timing had come for it. So I finally read Charlotte’s Web!
Wow, what a superb book! No need to summarize it, I’m sure you all know what it’s all about. If you have no idea, that’s the perfect book you HAVE to jump into without knowing a thing about it.
I didn’t grow up in an English speaking country. It was probably known in France too when I was a kid, but there was no library in my tiny village, and then starting around 11, I was given to read other classics which I should actually have read much later. So I totally missed most classics children books.
This one is so fresh, rich in dialogs, in the feelings and reactions. You could make a whole psychological study of it, I’m sure it’s been done. And many sentences are so clever.
I also enjoyed the simple though very evocative black and white illustrations.
I thought first Fern was going to be one of the heroines, but she actually fairly quickly loses interest and gets more in the background to leave the first place to the real heroes of the book.
I loved the conclusion a lot, and for those who have no idea what the book is, I trust it’s not too much of a spoiler. This is the kind of conclusion one would love to rediscover again and again. But alas, when you have read the book once, you won’t be able to forget:
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
Definitely something we can all have as a goal in life!
I’m almost happy I got sick and had no strength to do anything nor read any of the books I usually read. I’d better make a list of other children’s book to read for next bout of sickness, lol!
VERDICT: Understandably one of the best children’s book of all times. Psychologically and humanly so rich.
Author: E. B. White
Publication Year: 1952
Genre: Children’s book / Classics
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