#8 Charlotte’s Web by: E.B. White

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Salutations!

This was one of the fun reads, and this book will always be a genuine classic. It’s just a feel good book of farm animal friends working together to save little Wilbur. I don’t think you can have a heart and hate this book. I would suggest this book to anyone, although most people growing up in the States have probably been forced to read this at some point or another through middle school. I know I have read it several times before now, but it is always a good read. It may be one of the shortest books on my list but it is still capable of being one of the best.

My favorite part of this book may be just how intelligent little Wilbur is even in the beginning.

“I don’t think there is any such thing as less than nothing. Nothing is absolutely the limit of nothingness. It’s the lowest you can go. It’s the end of the line.” -Wilbur

I was reading through this book pretty quickly, as it’s not a difficult read (in a good way), but this part made me stop and think. It’s less than thirty pages in, approximately 28.5, and thought-provoking. The goose I believe it was calls him lees than nothing and clever Wilbur replies with the above quote.

There’s nothing better than destroying a rude comment with logic. Well, I can’t be less than nothing because nothing is the least you can be. It makes me chuckle just imagining this from the mouth of a little piglet that proves that goose wrong.

Wilbur is not less than nothing. He is Some Pig, Terrific, Radiant, and Humble.

 

“And the quickest way to spoil a friendship is to wake somebody up in the morning before he is ready.” -Sheep

Can I just say, morning people are the worst. Maybe that’s just leftover college mentality where sleeping in is the norm. Or I just really love sleep.

Lions may be my spirit animal. Why you may ask? What does this have to do with this line?

Did you know that lions sleep up to 22 hours a day?

The more you know.

But I can understand the reasoning behind the smartest sheep character I have ever known. I assume that a majority of people would be less than pleased at being awoken before they are ready. Even worse, say five to ten minutes before their alarm is set to go off. What a nightmare.

 

In all honesty, there’s not some deep hidden meaning that you have to search for behind Charlotte’s Web. It’s pretty plainly written out or rather that’s how it seems to me. To me it screams out about how you can overcome even the expected norm if you are just willing to try. If you accept the support of friendship there’s not much you can’t do.

If a bunch of farm animals can save a pig from being turned into bacon, What can’t you do?

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