Charlotte’s Web – 28 days of Give Aways

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BOOK OF THE WEEK – Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Quick Synopsis

A little girl, Fern, rescues a runty pig, Wilbur, from being killed just after birth.  Her parents let her keep the pig on their farm for a couple weeks, but then she has to sell it.  An uncle is willing to buy the pig and Wilbur moves into the barn with the other animals. 

He soon makes friends with a spider, Charlotte, who promises to save him from the fall butchering.  Charlotte begins writing words in her web about Wilbur that attract the attention of the nation.

Wilbur is given a special award at the county fair and he survives through the winter.  Charlotte however does not survive, and her last energy is spent on creating her egg sac.  Wilbur, a true friend rescues the egg sac from the fairgrounds, and takes it back to the barn where he waits for the arrival of charlotte’s babies.

Using this book to teach money to kids

The job Charlotte was taking on involved creating a sense of value in Wilbur.  At the beginning of the book, Wilbur was only valued as food: ham, bacon, etc. In order for Wilbur to survive, Charlotte had to convince the farmer, Mr. Zukerman, that Wilbur had value beyond that.  That he was truly “Some Pig.”

I think this is an excellent lesson.  It is easy to get caught up in just the numbers.  How much does it cost? How much will I make? While these are excellent questions to ask when trying to determine value.  It is not the end.  We also need to ask: Is it worth my time? Is it something I enjoy?

Other Lessons

  • You could research how much food you get off a pig and divide it by the $6 Mr. Zuckerman paid for him to find out whether it was a decent investment.
  • You could look at how much time Fern spent caring for Wilbur before she sold him for $6.  What was her wage?
  • You could figure the costs of raising a pig.  Since Wilbur ate mostly leftovers, raising a pig could be a good investment.

We are currently reading through Charlotte’s Web for the second time.  I also recommend the movie.  Here is the music video of Sarah Mclachlin singing “Ordinary Miracle” from the movie.  A beautiful song, and a quick preview of the movie.

And now…. for our day 16 Give Away….

A Ty Beanie Baby “Squealer” the pig.  This is a retired beanie baby, and looks just like a baby Wilbur.

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