I joined the challenge over at The Midnight Garden to try and read at least 8 classic MG books in 2014. It was an easy challenge for me to join because there are so many books out there that I know I must have read as a child. Yet, if you asked me to pin point how old I was when I read it, well I would have a huge struggle. Books were kinda like clothing in my house as a kid, they got handed down from one child to the next.
So to start things off, I picked Charlotte's Web. The edition that I read was published in 1952 (that isn't the cover off of the book I read, but came the closest). My edition was well worn and appeared to have been read many a time over the years in the library. I picked Charlotte's Web because it struck me as one of those books that I would have read and loved as a child. It's so easy to see why this book is a timeless classic. Instant appeal, characters that are endearing and a heartfelt story-line. Part about a girl who comes to love the companionship of a pig, and a pig who finds friendship with a spider. It's also about growing up, as we see Fern begin to show more interest in riding a ferriswheel with one of the local boys then watching Wilbur compete in the fair. It's also a story of loss dealt with in a gentle manner. Lovely, lovely book that I really enjoyed revisiting. Favorite line "The grass was wet and the earth smelled of springtime."