You might remember this classic, bittersweet tale: A little girl named Fern raises a pig, Wilbur. Once full grown, Wilbur is sold to Fern’s uncle’s farm. Lonely in his barn, Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur discovers he will soon be slaughtered, Charlotte has a plan. She weaves phrases into her web. “Some Pig,” she writes, “Humble, Radiant.” The community attributes the magical messages to Wilbur having a special gift and the pig’s life is spared, but Charlotte passes away soon after. Despite his grief, Wilbur finds comfort in his new friendship with Charlotte’s offspring.
Rubin, Julia, "Banned Books Week at RWU" (2018). Featured News Story. 204.