Sunday, June 19, 2011

Our Book Spotlight: 6/20/11

We are participating in the Summer Reading Program at our local library and my kids are really enjoying it. Reading is something my kids love and I believe they would choose the library over the park. Well, since most families are participating in some type of reading program over the summer, I thought that I would spotlight a book every week.

This week we put "Charlotte's Web"  in the book spotlight. This book is a classic that was written by E.B. White, and I was so happy to share one of my old childhood favorites with my kids. I didn't know how reading a novel to a 2 and 4 year old would turn out, but it has been great. Surprisingly, it holds their attention and they anticipate the next chapter from day to day. For young children, reading one chapter at a time works. Children of all ages will love this book!

What is the book about?

Charlotte's Web is an award-winning children's novel by acclaimed American author E. B. White, about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by an intelligent spider named Charlotte. The book was first published in 1952, with illustrations by Garth Williams. The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. Written in White's dry, low-key manner, Charlotte's Web is considered a classic of children's literature, enjoyable to adults as well as children. The description of the experience of swinging on a rope swing at the farm is an often cited example of rhythm in writing, as the pace of the sentences reflects the motion of the swing. Publishers Weekly listed the book as the best-selling children's paperback of all time as of 2000

Read this book and find out why Wilbur is "Some Pig"!