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E. B. White (1899-1985) Elwyn Brooks White [Teacher Resource File]

"All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world."
E. B. White

1953 Newbery Honor

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"What the book is about is friendship; on earth, affection, and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done. What it all proves--in the words of the minister in the story which he hands down to his congregation after Charlotte writes "Some Pig" in her web--is that human beings must always be on the watch for the coming of wonders."

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The Annotated Charlotte's Web includes information from E.B. White's original drafts, cross-references, letters, criticism, and literary-cultural commentary.

Charlotte's Web (50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition)

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Charlotte's Web
(50th Anniversary Retrospective Edition)
May 2002

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1953 Newbery Honor book, Charlotte's Web, one of the most beautiful works in children's literature. Original illustrations by Garth Williams (colonized by Rosemary Wells). The 32 page Afterword by Peter F. Neumeyer (author of The Annotated Charlotte's Web 1994 HarperCollins) offers an overview of the development of the books as well as pictures of White, his farm and original manuscripts.


"If Charlotte's Web is a meditation on friendship and death, then Trumpet is a meditation on being disabled. It tells of a person's ability to compensate for a deficit and gain even greater skills and acclaim than those who are normal. Like Charlotte this is also the story of the friendship between an animal and a young child who, like all boys, had to face the problem of what to be when he grew up."

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For Young Readers: Ages 4-7

Louie Goes to School
Louis the Hero


"... the book sounds a resonant note as Stuart undertakes his quest for the beautiful bird, Margalo. And that quest, as White himself noted, "symbolizes the continuing journey that everybody takes--in search of what is perfect and unattainable..."

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