Tuesday, August 10, 2010

100 Greatest Books #93 - Charlotte's Web

The next book on my 100 Greatest Books of All Time list is Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. You can find this on the Observer Book List.

This story goes way back for me. I remember growing up and watching the cartoon but I don't believe I ever read the book outright. So, I read it this time with my daughter and I realized that I would prefer to stick with the cartoon. The sentence structure is often very difficult to read and, I don't know about other books but reading this outloud I noticed a ton of "said so and so" after someone said something. Which, can get rather tiring after a while and really destroys the flow of a good book. Also, this book reminded me of why I like the Dahl books, it was because of the language. Dahl has a habit of using large words in context, words that you wouldn't usually find in a children's book. In Charlotte's Web, White also uses some large words but it is immediately followed by "I don't know what that means, what does that mean?". That is great for teaching children new words, but I prefer the other method, if you use the word in context well enough, you don't have to explain the meaning. So all in all, it is a touching story, and I did tear up a little at the end, but I wouldn't really recommend this to other people to read.

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