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Check It Out: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web

This is Preston and you’re listening to Check It Out.

Have you ever had to move a long distance, far away from the place you grew up in? Saying bye to the friends you’re used to and having to accomplish the somewhat difficult task in making new ones?  Well, in this week’s book for Check It Out, we are introduced to the unique friendship that is developed between a spider and a pig that is new to the farm in E.B. White’s classic novel, Charlotte’s Web.

The book begins with the birth of piglets. But not everything goes according to plan, because one is deemed the runt of the litter, and farmer John Arable is going to kill it. His eight-year-old daughter Fern puts a stop to this after learning about his dastardly plan. So instead, Mr. Arable gives Fern the task in raising the piglet hoping to show her “how much trouble a pig can be.” She names him Wilbur and raises him for several weeks. During that time, she feeds him with a baby bottle and goes on walks with him in her doll stroller.

Time passes by and Fern is informed that she has to sell the piglet once it’s big enough. She isn’t enthused about the idea, but she eventually gives in and sells Wilbur to her uncle, Homer Zuckerman, who has a farm up the road. But, luckily, Mr. Zuckerman allows Fern to visit the pig whenever she wants. Wilbur on the other hand had no say in this deal and is now lonesome. He tries making friends, but none of Zuckerman’s farm animals want anything to do with him. A mysterious voice tells Wilbur that she’ll be his friend. The next morning, he stumbles upon a web and meets a large grey spider named Charlotte, and they become friends. She helps Wilbur along the road as they both face obstacles that lie in wait for them.  

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