A Second Grade Performance
Charlotte's Web belongs in a very special class of literature. It's a classic and not only does it appeal to children and young adults but also adults. It is a touching story of true friendship that is so full of magic and wonderment!
E.B. White knew children so well! When he wrote about the swing in Zuckerman's barn (that was feared by mothers everywhere), he said, "Children almost always hang onto things tighter than their parents think they will." I think White was saying children want to be treated with more trust and respect than we give them credit for.
"Why did you do all this for me?" Wilbur asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you." You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die."
Wilbur was one lucky pig, first to be saved by Fern and then Charlotte. I love how White wrote that no one ever quite took Charlotte's place in Wilbur's heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
Telling someone they are humble (not proud or arrogant, modest, courteously respectful) is the greatest compliment you could ever give someone. It is so obvious to me that E. B. White was humble. And, I think his magnum opus (great work) was Charlotte's Web.