Also included is a retrospective essay by noted scholar Peter F. Neumeyer, read by George Plimpton, that gives an additional overview of the development and publication of the novel and its creators.
The Charlotte's Web 50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition is a keepsake that listeners of all ages will cherish.
©1952, 1980 E.B. White; (P)1970 E.B. White
"The book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life...that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow." (Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review)
"White simply shares his story so intimately that adult listeners notice every nuance...For children the story of Wilbur and Charlotte will be sheer delight...White's story still has the power to mesmerize and teach us great lessons of friendship and life." (AudioFile)
I really like how he wrote it with all of the detail. I love to write it's my favorite thing. And I like to write story's with detail! I mean.... Who wouldn't? I listen to it every night, yes I know what you are thinking.... No it does not get annoying at all.... That's how much I love this book!
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
"Charlotte's Web" has been the favorite story of all my children and grandchildren for a certain period of time in their development. It's the story of a friend, very small and insignificant, who makes a huge difference in the life of another friend. Perfect for a child, wouldn't you say?
We occasionally at reunions have a game of Charlotte's Pursuit where everyone competes to answer questions about the story. Since everyone has read it, adults and children alike have fun.
If you haven't read it, listen to this outstanding story - if you have, revive the experience by having a skilled reader deliver it to you. Introduce a child, a grandchild, or a neighbor to this.
CHARLOTTE'S WEB is the first book I ever loved, and it remains my favorite book over 40 years later. However, E. B. White's narration was not appealing to me. I gave up on it after only a few minutes.
A timeless story told by the only person who could/should tell it.
Listening to it with my 4-year old niece took me back to my own childhood; an unexpected gift.
42 yr old Mom, Fan of Chill, Jazz, Dance and Trance
Radiant, Terrific and Humble
E.B. White's reading was perfect for my third grader to read along. Listening and reading allowed her to discover precious gems on her own within the dialogue. One favorite example is when Templeton says " I am a glutton but not a merrymaker." Comprehension becomes a delight when it is discovered, rather than a tested task. This particular presentation accomplishes this beautifully.
I let my 7 year old choose her 'listening' book and this is what she chose. She was enthralled by the story. We'd listen a bit, stop it, and review what we heard. Listening to a story is often hard to do for children of this new generation - but listening skills are so important even in the age of technology. This was a great book to start with since it held my 7 year old's attention so well, and also my 3 year old enjoyed it too!
Piper (7 years old) says the best character is Charlotte because she is so smart and loves Wilbur so much.
Stella (3 years old) says Templeton is funny.
This is our first
You often miss something while reading.
Hearing all the parts I'd forgotten.
Charlotte and Templeton
Always when they leave Charlotte behind at the fair.
I enjoyed listening to this with my grandchildren.
Yes. E.B. White truly loves this book, and his love for it is passionately echoed in each word as he reads this book for us!
The story is so warm and sweet. It is timeless story about friendship, humility, dignity, and respect. Each character is so well developed and reflects good and bad ways how we treat each other - in small details to the main story line.
I love Wilbur the pig. He loves life the way it is given to him. He really tries his best in every moment to be best of himself, and of a friend. He does not take anything for granted. The goose and gander characters make me laugh.
Mr. While's reading is absolutely superb. He brings you deep into the scenes. I cannot imagine any better reading. I catch myself trying to imitate his reading when I read the story to my son.
We (my 5.9-yr-old son and I) have read this story 100+ times. We have been going to bed with Audible's recording on every night past three weeks. It never gets old. My son even loves quoting and acting out the story. Good messages are hidden in so many layers of the story and it keeps on giving. This is what a truly great classic story is all about.
I listen to at least two Audible books a month. This was an absolute treat. I do not know how anyone could have read it any better than E.B. White.
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