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  1. Amateur Reader
    Amateur Reader October 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm |

    A Watched Plot Never Spoils!

    I loved all three when I was young, Stuart Little the most, pehaps.

  2. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)
    Jackie (Farm Lane Books) October 16, 2009 at 6:55 am |

    I loved Charlotte’s Web as a child, but I haven’t heard of the other two. I’ll have to make sure I get them when my boys are bigger.

  3. Jenny
    Jenny October 16, 2009 at 7:27 am |

    I absolutely loved Charlotte’s Web & Trumpet of the Swan when I was small, and Stuart Little too (but not as much). They’ve aged pretty well with me, because the humor is still funny – the goose in Wilbur’s farm cracks me up. Trumpet of the Swan is my favorite by a lot. I love every single scene the swan father is in. He is one of my favorite characters in all of literature.

  4. Steph
    Steph October 16, 2009 at 8:44 am |

    I haven’t read Charlotte’s Web in ages, but I loved it dearly as a child. When I think about the ending, I still get choked up, and I still think that Templeton is a fabulously wicked name!

    I am familiar with Stuart Little (I don’t think I read it, but I believe I saw the movie when I was babysitting as a teen), but not The Trumpet of the Swan. So clearly of all three, Charlotte’s Web holds the fondest place in my heart.

  5. Karenlibrarian
    Karenlibrarian October 16, 2009 at 9:15 am |

    I haven’t read any of the books since I was a child, but they were some of my favorites. I loved Trumpet of the Swan — but now, like yourself, I would definitely find the idea of abandoning a child for my own freedom abhorrent. Amanda and I were discussing Mr. Popper’s Penguins, [SPOILER ALERT!] which has a similar plot development. It’s so interesting that we can read a book so differently from an adult perspective.

  6. Bella
    Bella October 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm |

    Oh I loved Charlotte’s Web as a child and as a teenager. I think I’d like to re-read it now and see what I think of it.

  7. Stefanie
    Stefanie October 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm |

    I loved Charlotte’s Web as a kid and a teen. I haven’t read it since, though I still have my childhood copy and take it off the shelf and read the end now and then and it still makes me cry. I read Trumpet of the Swan but don’t remember much of the story but I know I liked it. It didn’t capture me like Charlotte did though. And I have not read Stuart Little. My husband has and he mentions it sometimes as one of his favorite books when he was a kid.

  8. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid October 17, 2009 at 7:58 am |

    Amateur Reader, I LOVE that post of yours! That gives me some more thoughts for a future post….

    I like to mention “spoilers” but I to am inclined to put it in quotation marks. After all, I’m one who has no hesitation to read the last page first, and I know most people are not!

    Jackie, I did enjoy them but they were dated — and not nearly the favorites they were when I was a kid!

    Jenny, Yeay! I’m glad you like Trumpet. It seems that’s the one fewest have heard of or remembered.

    Steph, Stuart Little the book is quite different from the care-free, silly movies they make. The book is….less child-like. I’d say it’s almost more of an adult book in tone and themes.

    Karenlibrarian, I saw Amanda’s post. I wonder what I’d think of Mr. Popper’s Penguins today, as that is another I loved as a child…

    Bella, I hope you enjoy the reread!

    Stefanie, I didn’t recall the details of Trumpet either. I guess it doesn’t often stand out as Charlotte’s Web did. I wonder why? Both are good.

  9. J.T. Oldfield
    J.T. Oldfield October 17, 2009 at 3:30 pm |

    I know I read Charlotte’s Web and Trumpet of the Swan when I was little, and I’m pretty sure I read Stuart Little, too.

  10. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid October 19, 2009 at 7:13 am |

    J.T., yeay! Another fan from childhood! I think Stuart Little was the one I least remembered from childhood — just more “adult” than the others, I think.

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