This fall it will be exactly 60 years since Charlotte's Web was first published--more on that below--and E.B. White's story of friendship, love, and life is as as important in 2012 as it was in 1952. As a kid, Charlotte's Web was my first real introduction to the cycle of life and death and while it broke my heart in some places, I would read it again and again. As an adult, this is a book I think everyone should read, and I always feel good about giving or recommending it to young readers. To celebrate Charlotte's sixtieth year, Newbery-medalist Kate DiCamillo has written a beautiful foreword that is included in the anniversary editions. DiCamillo also talks about her love for Charlotte's Web in a wonderful new video about the book and author that you can see below or on this page.
Now, about that original publication--books are ordered for store shelves (virtual and otherwise) many months in advance of when they actually go to print, and the previewing is done through catalogs. The catalog page for each book gives a description/summary and basic information like author and price. HarperCollins still has those old catalogs, and below is a scanned image of the pages that first introduced E.B. White's Charlotte's Web to book store buyers. What do you think? Would you have bought Charlotte's Web for your book store? --Seira
Click the image to see larger view and check out the 60th anniversary video below