Wondrous and Shining Dec 31, 2007
The gift of E.B. White was unique and singular in the history of American letters. He was a writer who refuses to be simply charachterised as a "children's author". Certainly there are as many or more adults as children who read his books over and over again. As with all great myths, legnds and tales intended for children, there is a hidden depth which is the key to the enduring nature of these myths. This book, has certainly already entered the pantheon of the classsics. The charachters, Fern, the little girl who loved the pig Wilbur, The rat Tempeton, who experiences a change of heart, all contribute to the wonderful and imaginative world which the author so beautifully conjures - a rich world all to itself.
The greatness in this book lies in the ability of the author to make the ordinary extraordinary, and the strange and wierd commonplace and natural - like a pig talking to a spider. A true classic