Book #32: Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web, (1952), 184p

Sometimes I get very sentimental. Sometimes I long for the sweet innocence and completely unjaded days of my childhood. On days like that, or simply when I need a pallet cleanser from attempting to read one of the most disturbing books of my life, I pick up one of my childhood favourites and revisit it.

Seriously, is there a more perfect or beautiful book out there than Charlotte’s Web? I highly doubt it. I am likely incredibly biased because I would rank it as my all-time favourite children’s book, but I am sure many others will agree.

Even rereading it, I cried. This has to be the most heartbreaking paragraph ever written.

She never moved again. Next day, as the Ferris wheel was being taken apart and the race horses were being loaded into vans and the entertainers were packing up their belongings and driving away in their trailers, Charlotte died. The Fair Grounds were soon deserted. The sheds and the buildings were empty and forlorn. The infield was littered with bottles and trash. Nobody, of the hundreds of people that had visited the Fair, knew that a grey spider had played the most important part of all. No one was with her when she dies. p. 171

I love this tale of unexpected friendship and loyalty. I love Fern and Wilbur and Charlotte. I even learn to appreciate Templeton.

What are your childhood faves? Have you reread them as an adult? Please dish!

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #25: Counting by 7s

Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7s, (2013), 378p

I finally made my way back into the children’s library.

Man, I loved that place when I was younger. Surrounded by picture books, chapter books, easy readers. Seriously, it was heavenly. I vividly remember my mom taking us to the library and attempting to limit the giant pile of books I demanded we take home with us each week. It was a treat. A special time. This is probably why, many MANY years later, I decided to make the library my career path.

I was looking for something different to read. I had seen this book on our library homepage quite a while ago and added it to my “for later” list. Well, “for later” was finally now. I went into the children’s library, found this book on the shelf and plowed through it.

Willow Chance is a different girl. Adopted at an early age, her parents let her do her own thing. Unlike other preteen girls, Willow loves gardening, is obsessed with diseases, and has a serious fascination with counting by 7s. When tragedy strikes and Willow finds herself without a family, she finds a motley crew of characters who make her feel right at home.

I will say this isn’t a typical children’s book. It’s a little dark – the protagonist loses her parents. Seriously, it’s kind of horrible. Theme wise this is definitely a teen book; language wise it is a children’s book. It’s quirky and different – pretty predictable but still entertaining. It didn’t really live up to the hype I created for it, but I guess that’s what can happen when you leave things percolating on your “for later” list for far too long.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂