Why Everyone Should Read Charlotte's Web Again
Sep 8, 2016
I am not the type of reader that enjoys reading a book more than once. I completely get why many readers do reread books but I just don’t want to spend time reading one that I’ve already read. The few exceptions to this rule are children’s books. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is one of my favorites. It is a wonderful read aloud, especially for children 2nd grade and up. One of my elementary school teachers read it to the whole class one year and I can remember waiting in anticipation each day for the next chapter. I read it on my own around that same time and then later, as an adult.
I love Charlotte’s Web because it is rich in advice about friendship, love, compassion, and empathy. In the busy day-to-day, we often forget about the most important things.
Love & friendship is all we really have in the end -
“Why did you do all of this for me?” he 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.”
Compassion for other living creatures -
Charlotte eats flies to survive but is not particularly happy about it.
He was particularly glad that she always put her victim to sleep before eating it. “I always give them an anesthetic so they won’t feel pain. It’s a little service I throw in.”
Respecting/accepting differences and empathy-
Fern is able to talk her father out of killing Wilbur with this pretty powerful argument.
“But it’s unfair, cried Fern. The pig couldn’t help being born small, could it? IfI had been very small at birth, would you have killed me?”
To sum it all up, when you need reminders about what it means to be human, read Charlotte’s Web again.