Book Summary: Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web is the story of a pig named Wilbur. When Wilbur was born, he
was the runt of the litter. He was going to be killed until a little girl named Fern saw her
father with an axe and stopped him. She bottle fed Wilbur until he was bigger and
stronger. Soon Wilbur was too big for their family to keep. He was sold to her uncle who
had a farm just down the road.
Wilbur enjoyed his new life there until he found out that they were fattening him
up so they could kill and eat him. He starts to panic until a spider named Charlotte tells
him not to worry. She promises she will keep him from being killed. She starts writing
words in her web about how great Wilbur is. People from all over come to see this him.
[SPOILER] They take Wilbur to a county fair and he is awarded a special prize. By now,
they think Wilbur is so great that they decide they can never kill him. Everything seems
perfect for Wilbur until Charlotte tells him that she won’t be returning to the farm with
him. She is dying. Wilbur is crushed. He brings her egg sac back to the farm and keeps
watch over her eggs. Charlotte dies at the fairgrounds. Soon the spiders hatch and Wilbur
is happy again… until he finds out the spiders are leaving. Almost all of them float away,
but three stay to be friends with Wilbur.
Author Biography: E. B. White
Elwyn Brooks White was born in July 11, 1899. He was the youngest of six
children. He grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He was very shy and preferred
nature to school.
After high school, Elwyn went to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where
he worked on the student news paper. He soon became the editor and classmates gave
him the nickname Andy. This is the name he was known by for the rest of his life.
After college, Andy worked as a reporter in New York City, but he didn’t really
like it. It was not the type of writing he wanted to do. He traveled for a while, but
eventually ended up back in New Yor