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Lesson 1559 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 18

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 18 The Cool of the Evening

 

Evening comes and everyone everything at the fair starts to wind down. Last rides are taken on the Ferris Wheel (Henry Fussy invites Fern and even pays for her ride.) After the fireworks, everyone returns to their cars and trucks, where youngsters are wrapped in blankets to sleep during the ride home.

In the darkness, Templeton feels bold and he leaves Wilbur’s pen to get food.

“Bring me back a word,” calls out Charlotte. Continue reading

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Lesson 1558 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 17

 

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 17 Uncle

 

The Arables, Zuckermans, Lurvy, Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton arrive at the fair. The first thing Fern and Avery do is ask for money so they can buy things and go on rides.

Each child is given 70 cents by their father. “And remember, the money has to last all day. Don’t spend it all the first few minutes.”

The adults are reluctantly okay with the kids going off by themselves, but before they leave Fern and Avery are peppered with cautions from everyone. Continue reading

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Lesson 1557 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 16

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 16 – Off To The Fair   

 

The next day is the higly anticipated Fair. Everyone goes to sleep with lovely dreams of the fun they will have.

In the morning, Mrs. Zuckerman gives Wilbur a buttermilk bath. Not only did he feel radiant but the bath also made him look radiant.

Templeton the rat, at first adamant about not going to the Fair is talked into going when he hears about all the wonderful bits of discarded food he could feast upon. He hides under the straw in a corner of the crate. Continue reading

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Lesson 1556 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 15

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 15 – The Crickets  

 

Summer passes and the crickets begin their song warning others of the seasonal change. School will start, days will get longer, food will need to be collected and stored. Winter is coming.

 Wilbur, still the center of attention had grown big and fat. As far as everyone was concerned he certainly retained the titles of SOME PIG, TERRIFIC, and RADIANT.

Zuckerman tells Lurvy to make a crate so they can take the pig to the local County Fair.

“You’re going with me, aren’t you Charlotte?” Wilbur asks his friend. Even though she is versatile and even though she *could* accompany Wilbur to the Fair, Charlotte makes the decision to stay in the barn to make an egg sac. It was her time to do that. Continue reading

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Lesson 1555 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 14

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 14 – Dr. Dorian  

Fern’s mother is upset that Fern spends so much time in the barn with the animals and not with her friends.

 

When Fern tells her about Charlotte’s relatives making a web that caught a fish and a web that acted like a balloon, Mrs. Arable doubts the story even though she admits that she’d also like to float away. Still, she thinks it not’s normal for Fern to spend so much time with animals so she decides to talk to Dr. Dorian, the family doctor about the situation.

 

Mrs. Arable tells Dr. Dorian that she’s worried about Fern spending time at the barn.

“How enchanting” he replies. “It must be real nice and quiet down there.” Continue reading

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Lesson 1554 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 13

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 13 – Good Progress 

Charlotte spends the next night on her new creation, a web that spells out “Terrific.” She decides to use her thick dry web strands instead of her sticky ones to form the letters so that bugs wouldn’t get caught in the message. The little spider gets so absorbed in her work that she talks out loud all night as she spins her web.

 

Lurvy discovers the web the next morning. He tells Mr. Zuckerman who tells Mrs, Zuckerman who calls the Arables to tell them the miraculous news.

 

They all gather at Wilbur’s stall to look at the web in front of Wilbur who certainly felt terrific and puffed out his chest. Continue reading

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Lesson 1553 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 12

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 12 – A Meeting 

 

 

 

A few days after the writing had appeared in Charlotte’s web, she calls a meeting for all the animals in the barn. She called the meeting to get new suggestions for a new message. “People are already getting sick of reading the words ‘Some Pig!’

A lamb suggests ‘Supreme Pig’ but that gets shot down. Then the goose suggests ‘Terrific’ which everyone thinks is a wonderful suggestion.

“But Charlotte,” said Wilbur. “I’m not terrific.”

“That doesn’t make a particle of difference,” replied Charlotte. “Not a particle. People believe almost anything they see in print.”

There is a discussion about how to spell “terrific” and the old sheep suggests that Templeton the rat who visits the dump can bring back bits of magazines with words they can use.

All agree that Templeton would never help out.

The old sheep begs to differ telling everyone that all he has to do is appeal to Templeton’s baser instincts.

When Templeton joins the group, the old sheep asks him to bring back magazine clippings for Charlotte to use in order to save Wilbur’s life.

“Let him die,” the rat declares.

It is only when the old sheep reminds Templeton that his destiny is tied with Wilbur’s in that if Wilbur dies, there will be no daily leftover food for Templeton that he changes his mind.

The meeting is adjourned so that Charlotte can get to work on creating “terrific” in her web.

But I’m not terrific, Charlotte, I’m just an average pig.”

“You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned,” replied Charlotte, sweetly, “and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and I think you’re sensational. Now story arguing and get some sleep.”

 

Chapter 12 Lessons Learned

 

Charlotte calls a barn meeting to get ideas.

Lesson Learned –. The more people who contribute, the more ideas from which you have to choose.

 

People believe almost anything they see in print.

Lesson Learned – Geesh – some things never change.

 

Templeton only agrees to get magazine clippings when he realizes what he will lose if Wilbur is killed.

Lesson Learned –If you want people to change their behavior then you need to point out what’s in it for them.

 

When Wilbur doubts that he is terrific. Charlotte comforts him by telling him that she thinks he is terrific and that’s what counts.

Lessons Learned: Never underestimate the power of a best friend.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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