Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
These are the words in Charlotte's web, high in the barn. Her spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, as well as the feelings of a little girl named Fern ... who loves Wilbur, too.
- If you were Charlotte, what would you have written in your web about Wilbur?
- Why did Charlotte like Wilbur so much?
- Why does Charlotte's plan succeed?
- Why does everyone except Edith (and Dr. Dorian) dismiss the spider's contribution to the "miracle?"
- What is significant about the order of the "messages" in the web?
- Do you believe there is any good in Templeton? Support both a "yes" and a "no" answer.
- Is Templeton the rat a hero or a villain in the story? Why?
- Is it true that there are no villains in Charlotte's Web?
- Do you think Charlotte's three daughters will write words in their webs too, like their mother did? What will they write?
- Have you ever had a really close friendship with an animal?
- What makes someone a good friend?
- Do you eat meat? If so, do you ever think about the animals it came from? What do you think about vegetarianism? Do you think Fern is a vegetarian?
- In the beginning of Charlotte's Web, Fern saves Wilbur from death. Would you have saved Wilbur too? Tell about a time when you stood up for someone smaller or weaker than yourself.
- When everybody is at the county fair, Fern leaves Wilbur alone in his pen while she explores the sights (and food and rides). Why did she do this?
- How is Wilbur's friendship with Fern similar to his friendship with Charlotte? How is it different?
- Why is Mrs. Arable so opposed to Fern spending time at the Zuckerman farm?
- In what way does White adapt the animals' fictional personalities to the way those animals act in real life?
- The threat of death is a very serious part of everyone's life. Is it surprising to find that threat central to such a charming story as this?