New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1952. First edition. A Near Fine copy in VG+ dust jacket. Book with bumps to lower boards and fore-edge of front board; cloth is fresh and bright. Ownership initials of N.B. in pencil to front endpapers. Jacket mildly toned at spine, upper front panel, and rear; nicks at corners, small loss to crown, and closed tears to edges of rear panel. Retaining the original (and required) price of $2.50 to front flap. Overall a pleasing copy of this classic children's book.
"Wilbur didn't want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend." White's charming story of Wilbur, the runt of the litter, who unexpectedly becomes famous after his friend Charlotte spins words into her web advertising Wilbur's good qualities. Though initially Wilbur questions the basis of their friendship and her motives in promoting him, it becomes clear that Charlotte hopes to aid her dear friend in avoiding the butcher's block. A true children's classic, the kind of heart-warming story that is seen too infrequently; the book encourages children to think in new ways about love and friendship among diverse individuals. Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #3530)