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For more than half a century, E. B. White's novel Charlotte's Web has charmed readers with its account of Charlotte, the resourceful spider, and the love and friendship she brings to her farmyard friends. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics collects in a single volume all of E. B. White's classics for young readers, including Stuart Little, the story of an adven For more than half a century, E. B. White's novel Charlotte's Web has charmed readers with its account of Charlotte, the resourceful spider, and the love and friendship she brings to her farmyard friends. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics collects in a single volume all of E. B. White's classics for young readers, including Stuart Little, the story of an adventurous mouse boy born to human parents, and The Trumpet of the Swan, about Louis, the voiceless swan, who plays the trumpet to express himself. This volume features the classic illustrations of Garth Williams and Fred Marcelino. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics is one of Barnes & Noble's leatherbound classic editions. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors, in exquistiely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old, and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library.


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For more than half a century, E. B. White's novel Charlotte's Web has charmed readers with its account of Charlotte, the resourceful spider, and the love and friendship she brings to her farmyard friends. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics collects in a single volume all of E. B. White's classics for young readers, including Stuart Little, the story of an adven For more than half a century, E. B. White's novel Charlotte's Web has charmed readers with its account of Charlotte, the resourceful spider, and the love and friendship she brings to her farmyard friends. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics collects in a single volume all of E. B. White's classics for young readers, including Stuart Little, the story of an adventurous mouse boy born to human parents, and The Trumpet of the Swan, about Louis, the voiceless swan, who plays the trumpet to express himself. This volume features the classic illustrations of Garth Williams and Fred Marcelino. Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics is one of Barnes & Noble's leatherbound classic editions. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors, in exquistiely designed bonded-leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old, and are an indispensible cornerstone for every home library.

30 review for Charlotte's Web and Other Illustrated Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Charlotte's Web was selected as one of the young adult book's to read on the Children's Book Readathon I'm hosting on my blog this month. This classic by E.B. White has been seen countless times on television, but how many of us have actually read the book? This is my second read and review, but I'm glad to dive back in as you discover so much more the second time around. It also reminded me White wrote Stuart Little, too! I'd either never known or forgotten. Death is not easy. Dealing with it as Charlotte's Web was selected as one of the young adult book's to read on the Children's Book Readathon I'm hosting on my blog this month. This classic by E.B. White has been seen countless times on television, but how many of us have actually read the book? This is my second read and review, but I'm glad to dive back in as you discover so much more the second time around. It also reminded me White wrote Stuart Little, too! I'd either never known or forgotten. Death is not easy. Dealing with it as a child is painful. On a farm, there is death all the time. It's a natural process, but Fern is not ready to let her father slaughter a runt of a pig. Although she successfully convinces him to let her raise the pig, once Wilbur--her name for her new pet--is old enough to become food for others, she tries even harder to convince her father not to slaughter him. Wilbur gets a new home at Fern's uncle's place where they promise to keep him for a few months until they need to do something like potentially eat him! That's when Charlotte the spider comes along and weaves her magic to save Wilbur's life. From talking animals to life lessons, this classic is a treasure. I cry every time I see it on the television, and now I can say I've cried when I read it. Poor Charlotte... she's truly the epitome of a selfless creature. White built perfection in this story. It's harsh but not cruel. It's sweet but not sappy. It's realistic yet fantastical. I adore it. Everyone should experience this first hand. I'm so glad it won the poll for our readathon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookish Plans)

    I would have given this entire book 5 stars, but I was quite disappointed in one of the novels that was placed within it. This amazing book came with a collection of three E.B. Whites most famous books: Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan. I have always loved the story of Charlotte's Web and still to this very day, I can remember every character and every chapter. It's such an amazing story that reflects on how friends and family really do come in small packages and that I would have given this entire book 5 stars, but I was quite disappointed in one of the novels that was placed within it. This amazing book came with a collection of three E.B. Whites most famous books: Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan. I have always loved the story of Charlotte's Web and still to this very day, I can remember every character and every chapter. It's such an amazing story that reflects on how friends and family really do come in small packages and that kindness and happiness is what everyone in the world is seeking for. The Trumpet of the Swan was another reread for me as I had already read this book about 4 years ago with my son when he was in Kindergarten. I loved this sweet story then and I love it even more the second time I read it. It's a novel that will make you understand that no matter how hard life can be or what road blocks life throws in your way, that there is always a purpose and way to find what you're looking for. To never give up. To follow your dreams. The third book was Stuart Little and still to this day I am baffled that this novel received any awards at all. I found the plot of the book was ridiculous and I got the impression that it was a book that was put together so quickly that the dialogue lacked empathy or any character building. And then it just ended. With nothing. I believe this story should have had much more at the end of the story. It was all honky dorry and wham-o......the end. Say what? Pointless book going to pointless places with a pointless ending. Blah!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Stuart Little: 4* Charlotte's Web: 4* The Trumpet of the Swan: 4*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (LiteraryLatinax)

    It's a story many of us have read, it may have been when we were young, older or with our own children. It's funny and sad, fun and you learning some thing you may have never known about animals. As much as there was of this book that I do remember, there were parts that I completely forgot about. One particular part I enjoyed was Wilbur (pig) attempting to make a web. It's something I'm glad I reread and enjoy every bit of it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine Woods

    This beautiful book is one of the many affordable Barnes and Noble Leather-bound Classics. I love collecting them! It contains three of E. B. White's stories. Stuart Little, the loved by all Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan. I felt that all three stories taught that no matter how small, insignificant or defected a person may be there are ways to face the world and make something of yourself. Charlotte is great example of sacrifice and love for a friend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Timons Esaias

    In my interminably lengthy incarnation on this planet I have read various essays by E. B. White, I have read The Elements of Style repeatedly, I have read Is Sex Necessary? (Why did I focus on his collaborations???), but never, ever, had I read any of his three children's classics. They weren't in the house when I grew up. Nobody grabbed me by the collar and insisted I must read them. So sad. But finally I grew tired of reading references to Charlotte's Web without knowing what they meant, so I to In my interminably lengthy incarnation on this planet I have read various essays by E. B. White, I have read The Elements of Style repeatedly, I have read Is Sex Necessary? (Why did I focus on his collaborations???), but never, ever, had I read any of his three children's classics. They weren't in the house when I grew up. Nobody grabbed me by the collar and insisted I must read them. So sad. But finally I grew tired of reading references to Charlotte's Web without knowing what they meant, so I took me to the bookstore to buy it. This edition, containing Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, with lovely illustrations, was all that Barnes & Noble had that day, so that's what I bought. Well, they're delightful, and clever, and I certainly see why they have stayed in print. What I especially like is the way he just slips the absurd premise across, as though it were perhaps odd, but certainly understandable: In Stuart Little: When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way. He was only about two inches high; and he had a mouse's sharp nose, a mouse's tail, a mouse's whiskers, and the pleasant, shy manner of a mouse. Before he was many days old he was not only looking like a mouse but acting like one too--wearing a gray hat and carrying a small cane.... The doctor was delighted with Stuart and said that it was very unusual for an American family to have a mouse... 'Feed him up!' said the doctor cheerfully, as he left. In Charlotte's Web: "I worry about Fern," she said. "Did you hear the way she rambled on about the animals, pretending that they talked?" Mr. Arable chuckled. "Maybe they do talk," he said. "I've sometimes wondered. At any rate, don't worry about Fern--she's just got a lively imagination. Kids think they hear all sorts of things." "Just the same, I do worry about her," replied Mrs. Arable. "I think I shall ask Dr. Dorian about her the next time I see him. He loves Fern almost as much as we do, and I want him to know how queerly she is acting about that pig and everything. I don't think it's normal. You know perfectly well animals don't talk." Mr. Arable grinned. "Maybe our ears aren't as sharp as Fern's," he said. In The Trumpet of the Swan: A few days after the swans arrived at their winter home on the Red Rock Lakes, Louis had an idea. He decided that since he was unable to use his voice, he should learn to read and write. "If I'm defective in one respect," he said to himself, "I should try and develop myself along other lines. I will learn to read and write. Then I will hang a small slate around my neck and carry a chalk pencil. In that way I will be able to communicate with anybody who can read." [Louis is a swan, btw.]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fiction Addition Angela

    One morning in 1949, E B White walked into his barn and saw a spiders web. The web with its elaborate whirls and loops glistened in the morning dew. Weeks later he noticed a spider spinning what turned out to be a egg sac. He cut the sac down and put it in a sweet box on his dresser, weeks later he noticed lots of tiny spiders escaping. The next week or so tiny webs dangled from his hair brush and so a story was hatched for Charlotte’s Web I first read Charlotte’s Web as a child and fell in love One morning in 1949, E B White walked into his barn and saw a spiders web. The web with its elaborate whirls and loops glistened in the morning dew. Weeks later he noticed a spider spinning what turned out to be a egg sac. He cut the sac down and put it in a sweet box on his dresser, weeks later he noticed lots of tiny spiders escaping. The next week or so tiny webs dangled from his hair brush and so a story was hatched for Charlotte’s Web I first read Charlotte’s Web as a child and fell in love with all the animals and of course the kind spider Charlotte. I started to read the book again after many years and immediately was in love with the story just like I was as a young reader. Fern lives with her parents and brother on a small farm. When her father decides to do away with the runt of the litter, Fern saves the pig and calls him Wilbur. As Wilbur grows he is sent to Ferns uncles barn where she can visit as often as she likes. Wilbur soon grows lonely until one day he meets Charlotte, a beautiful big grey spider. They become best friends and when the old sheep tells of a plot that the Zuckerman’s have to fatten Wilbur for their Christmas dinner - Charlotte hatches a plan to save Wilbur so he can stay in the barn forever. Coincidentally I was sent a copy of the story via audiobook and oh my how I loved it. I more than recommend you, I urge you to get the audio version whether your young or old.. This version of the audiobook is narrated by Meryl Streep and Is Oscar worthy, it has over 30 voices for the farmyard animals alone, plus the adult cast. A lovely story for the young and old, telling the important story of friendship and trust. I would recommend it for children 9 and over. 5 Heart Warming Stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tenkara Smart

    A story that can't be forgotten

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

    It’s a awsome book and I love to read to enyone

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Vensel

    wonderful!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Bradley

    My favorite all time children's book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I love E.B. White. None of these books ever get old to me, but even though it is the least popular, I think The Trumpet of the Swan is my favorite.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I cry more every time I read this. One of the best kids books ever written.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roberta

    Second read in my lifetime. Adult Cryed at the end when we read this in first grade.

  15. 5 out of 5

    sandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hi am Logan Donaldson I go to st Martins primary school in Tranent please make a nother Charlotte's web again

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurie E.Rice

    This book will forever be a source of joy for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Augustine Matthew Dilan

    I love this book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Connor Francois

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Rajinder Kaur

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is awesome

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate Berry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thoughts on Stuart Little I remember this as being an amazing story, so I was a liiiiiittle disappointed when I reread it. First of all, I am perfectly willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that a mouse was born to human parents and that no one finds it THAT odd - unusual, yes, but not "this must be witchcraft, burn the witch" crazy. But then out of nowhere, when he's travelling he meets Harriett, who is a normal human that is only two inches tall. What?? Then why is Stuart a mouse?! Getting Thoughts on Stuart Little I remember this as being an amazing story, so I was a liiiiiittle disappointed when I reread it. First of all, I am perfectly willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that a mouse was born to human parents and that no one finds it THAT odd - unusual, yes, but not "this must be witchcraft, burn the witch" crazy. But then out of nowhere, when he's travelling he meets Harriett, who is a normal human that is only two inches tall. What?? Then why is Stuart a mouse?! Getting beyond that, I figure "Okay, I'll root for Stuart on his date with Harriett" and then Stuart freaks out because things don't go to plan and Harriett essentially just leaves. Then there's the ending. It just ends. What was that about?! At this point, I'd have to give this a two star rating. Thoughts on Charlotte's Web I was concerned after having reread Stuart Little that I was mistaken in my childhood love of Charlotte's Web, but luckily it is as good as I remembered. Aside from Fern dropping Wilbur like a hot potato for a boy at the Fair, that is, and the occasional sexist comment which I can overlook as a product of the time it was written. I love Wilbur and Charlotte's friendship. This particular story deserves about a 4.5/5 star rating. Thoughts on Trumpet of the Swan I had thought I had read this as a kid, but I think I was wrong. I really enjoyed this story; I think I may like it even more than Charlotte's Web...well, maybe just equally as much. Louis is a likable hero and his adventures are very fun. The only complaint I have (if you can even call it that) is that Serena has zero personality. Louis falls in love with her and tries to communicate via writing on a slate, but since she can't read she shuns him because she feels like Trumpeter swans have to communicate. Once he has a trumpet, she's all about him. But apart from those two things, she literally does nothing. I don't even think she has lines. At least Louis' mother speaks and keeps his father in check. I don't know that I would have noticed this as a kid and this sort of subtle sexism is very prevalent in fairy tales as well as EB White's other work, which I accept as a product of the time it was written. It didn't even really detract from my enjoyment, but it is something I've become more aware of lately. I'd give this a 4.5/5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amber Martin

    I've always loved both Stewart Little and Charlotte's Web as films but had never read the books until now. I love the leather bound books that Barnes and Noble put out recently and was glad to have this one. That being said while I enjoyed all three books, I was disappointed with the ending of Stewart Little. It felt rushed. Charlotte's Web was lovely and I enjoyed it. But The Trumpet Of The Swan ended up being my favorite of the three.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    A great set of short stories for children and adults wanting to remember what it was like to be read these books as a child. I grew up being read Charlotte's web and Stuart Little and so when I saw this beautiful Barnes and Noble leather bound classic I just couldn't resist. Beautiful illustrations, great font and 3 lovely stories with never a dull moment means I can't wait for the day where i read this book to my children.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Washor

    Charlotte's Web: Julia and I enjoyed reading this together. It was one of my favorites as a child and I'm pleased to have shared it with her. Stuart Little: A fun little book, more a collection of scenes than a story. Trumpet of the Swan: A beautiful story of a mute trumpeter swan and his triumph over his speech defect.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

    I wrote separate reviews on Stuart little and charlottes web. However, I just finished the trumpet of the swan and it was by far my favourite of the three. This story was just absolutely amazing in all the ways possible and I am so very happy I read it! ❤️❤️

  25. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Butterfield

    I only actually read Charlotte's Web but whatever. The point is that I first read about Wilbur and Charlotte when I was 5 years old and instantly fell in love. Almost 10 years later, the duo still holds a special place in my heart that will remain there forever.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Quirky Squirrel

    A great edition of three timeless tales.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen Bullock

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ena Actsol

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