Thankful for Books: Day 6

WP_20131123_003 (2)I’m thankful for: Charlotte’s Web

With the best first sentence I’ve ever read – “Where’s Papa going with that ax?” – the story of Fern, Wilbur, Templeton and Charlotte begins.  A timeless classic, I got this book in 2nd or 3rd grade, and I’ve kept my copy ever since (see photo).  As a child, I remember crying tears of sadness as Wilbur watched Charlotte’s children fly away.  Today,  I’m reading this poignant story of love and loss to J-girl and my boy H knowing that, even though I’m almost 30 years older, I won’t make it to the end tear-free.  And that is okay.  Because great literature has no age limit: it can cause a reader to laugh or cry, regardless of age.  And Charlotte’s Web is great literature.   Ages 4+ (read-aloud), 6+ (read to self).

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