An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads “Some Pig,” convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.
I recently came across this book at the ‘used books’ section of a store, and I just had to get it. Unlike most, I had not read this as a child, and the first time I read it was the first year of college. I had found it quite bitter-sweet back then, and that has not changed. I guess it just reminds me how great life is with the good and the bad. I’m not normally crazy about detailed descriptions, but this book is an exception. Especially the parts where White describes the seasons changing are just beautiful.
I guess all there is to say about this book is that it’s a great one for both kids and adults. And it has quite a lot of true facts about life. One of my favorites is a rather silly one:
“And when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it’s always hard to sleep.”