Charlotte's Web is a children's chapter book written by E.B. White. This story is a classic and timeless. It teaches children about nature, death, and the joy of life. Perhaps its greatest message is that of friendship.
While I was re-reading this book I was mentioning parts to my children. They are all teenagers now, yet they easily knew what part of the book I was talking about. We then spent the entire car ride home talking about Charlotte's Web. Considering two of my children are not readers, this was a testament to the ability of Charlotte's Web to capture the reader.
I did not expect to like this book. It is not my typical type of read. I only picked it up because it is on Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime. However, there is a reason that I read off of lists. I find amazing books that I would not have otherwise picked up. Anne of Green Gables is such a book.
Anne is such an amazing character. She has spunk from the first time that you see her. She has enough mischief about her to keep you interested, but not enough that you disengage from her entirely. The most interesting relationship is between Anne and her guardians, specifically Marilla. Watching Marilla fall in love with Anne is an amazing experience.
Young or old, if you have not checked out this book yet then I recommend that you do. I bet you won't help but falling in love with Anne as well.
This is a collection of all short stories by Beatrix Potter, including her tales of Peter Rabbit. The stories are geared towards children and often feature personified animals. Occasionally the stories also feature children. If there are adults in the stories they seem to be the villain.
These stories were first published over a hundred years and you can tell. Some stories seem to withstand time, these do not. While I read some Beatrix Potter to my children, it never was something that I found enjoyable. Neither did my children seem to attach to the stories. However, when I read them all the way through as an adult I decided that I honestly do not enjoy them.
The stories are of animals who wear clothes, talk, and smoke. Yet, they are also treated as animals by the humans at the same time. It was an awkward distinction for me. Also, the stories never really seemed to go anware. The topics are awkward, one rabbit went to save his children from a fox who planned on eating them. Maybe if there was a point at the end it would be less weird. Yet, there is not. It is just tales of weird interactions.
I may be in the minority on my views of this book. Many others seem to treasure the tales. They are even being made into a movie. For me, these stories were not what I would pick to have still been around a hundred years later.
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