charlotte’s web coloring pages
Charlotte’s Web is a children’s book by American writer E. B. White. First of all published in 1952, it tells the story of a pig called Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. The book was illustrated by Garth Williams. Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling children’s paperback book of all time as of 2000. Written in White’s dry, low-key manner, Charlotte’s Web is considered a classic of children’s literature, pleasurable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience of swinging on a rope swing at the farm is an often cited example of rhythm in writing, as the pace of the sentences reflects the motion of the swing.
The book starts when John Arable’s sow gives birth to a litter of piglets, and Mr. Arable discovers one of them is a runt and decides to kill it. However, his eight year old daughter Fern begs him to let it live. Therefore her father gives it to Fern as a pet, and she names the piglet Wilbur. Wilbur is hyperactive and always exploring new things. He lives with Fern for a few weeks and then is sold to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman. Although Fern visits him at the Zuckermans’ farm as often as she can, Wilbur gets lonelier day after day. Eventually, a warm and soothing voice tells him that she is going to be his friend. The next day, he wakes up and meets his new friend, Charlotte: the grey spider . Wilbur soon becomes a member of the community of animals who live in the cellar of Zuckerman’s barn. When the old sheep in the barn cellar tells Wilbur that he is going to be killed and eaten at Christmas, he turns to Charlotte for help. Charlotte has the idea of writing words in her web extolling Wilbur’s excellence (“some pig”, “terrific”, “radiant”, and eventally “humble”), reasoning that if she can make Wilbur sufficiently famous, he will not be killed. Thanks to Charlotte’s efforts, Wilbur not only lives, but goes to the county fair with Charlotte and wins a prize. Due to the short lifespan of spiders, Charlotte dies at the fair. Wilbur repays Charlotte by bringing home with him the sac of eggs (her “magnum opus”) she had laid at the fair before dying. When Charlotte’s eggs hatch at Zuckerman’s farm, most of them leave to make their own lives elsewhere, except for three: Joy, Aranea, Nellie, who remain there as friends to Wilbur.