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date: 22 September 2019

Charlotte’s Web (1952) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

Classic American children’s novel by E. B. *White. The pig Wilbur, runt of his litter, is saved from immediate slaughter by Fern, the farmer’s daughter. But Wilbur soon learns that he will be killed in the end, for bacon. One person, though, declares that she can save him: a grey spider named Charlotte, who lives in a corner of the barn, and who brings about what seems to be a series of miracles to keep Wilbur from the butcher’s knife, writing words in her web to describe him: ‘some pig’, ‘terrific’, ‘radiant’, and ‘humble’. The ending is triumphant and tear-jerking. Other memorable characters include Templeton, a gluttonous rat. Adaptations include a ... ...

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