My big kid read Charlotte’s Web a little while ago and really loved the book. It’s not an easy read partly because of the text used by E. B. White but mostly because of what happens in the end.
If you’ve read Charlotte’s Web you’ll know what happens in the end to Charlotte and you’ll realize how powerful a writer E.B. White is. I’m not a big fan of spiders by any means and yet by the end of this book I couldn’t help but get teary at the turn of events. It’s the cycle of life, I understand, but that didn’t make it any easier.
So, imagine my surprise to find this in our backyard – a real scene from Charlotte’s Web.
I quickly called my daughter to come outside so she could see for herself. There they were, little baby Charlottes all getting comfortable in their new surroundings. You should have seen the look on my big kid’s face. Now, I have to confess, they weren’t in the best place so they had to be relocated but it was still a super cool moment to experience.
Things to do: if you haven’t yet read Charlotte’s Web, do so. If you read it a long time ago when you were young, read it again. Share it with your child and appreciate the subtleties you probably missed when you were young. Of course, some parts are a little dated now but the heart of the book holds true. Some books are just so good they withstand the test of time.
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