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Charlotte's Web
Unabridged edition
By (author): E. B. White Foreword by: Melissa Sweet Read by: Meryl Streep Read by: Full Cast
9781984843258 CD-Audio English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals Oct 29, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.07 x 5.89 x 1.16 in 0 pages Duration: 240 minutes Listening Library Listening Library (Audio)
Brought to life by Meryl Streep and a full cast, this beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that is “just about perfect.”*

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spider web tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Includes an appreciation written and read by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, the cover artist of this edition and author/illustrator of Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White.

Narrated by Meryl Streep
January LaVoy as CHARLOTTE
Kirby Heyborne as WILBUR
MacLeod Andrews as TEMPLETON

with additional performances by:
Mark Bramhall as LURVY
Scott Brick as THE MINISTER
Cassandra Campbell as EDITH ZUCKERMAN
Danny Campbell as HOMER ZUCKERMAN
Mark Deakins as MR. ARABLE
Kimberly Farr as MRS. ARABLE
Tavia Gilbert as THE GOOSE
Dion Graham as THE GANDER
Almarie Guerra as NELLIE
Lincoln Hoppe as AVERY
Raymond Lee as THE BABY SPIDER
Robin Miles as THE OLD SHEEP
Adenrele Ojo as ARANEA
Ray Porter as UNCLE THE PIG
Emily Rankin as FERN
John Rubinstein as DR. DORIAN
Bahni Turpin as THE LAMB
Julia Whelan as JOY

*New York Times

Story Locale: Maine farm



MERYL STREEP: Meryl Streep headlines this audiobook, which features a full cast, a bit of music, and light sound effects!

ORIGINAL COVER ART: Like previous titles in the Listening Library Classics Program (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Grimm’s Fairy Tales), this audiobook has dynamic original cover art by a celebrated illustrator. Caledecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, the author/illustrator of Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, did the cover art for this full cast edition of Charlotte’s Web, and also wrote and narrated a special appreciation for the audiobook.

ENDURING PHENOMENON: This Newbery Honor book is a classic that has warmed the hearts of readers for over 60 years.

E. B. White, the author of such beloved classics as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, was born in Mount Vernon, New York. He graduated from Cornell University in 1921 and, five or six years later, joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, then in its infancy. He died on October 1, 1985, and was survived by his son and three grandchildren.

Mr. White’s essays have appeared in Harper’s magazine, and some of his other books are: One Man’s Meat, The Second Tree from the Corner, Letters of E. B. White, Essays of E. B. White, and Poems and Sketches of E. B. White. He won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which commended him for making a “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

During his lifetime, many young readers asked Mr. White if his stories were true. In a letter written to be sent to his fans, he answered, “No, they are imaginary tales…But real life is only one kind of life—there is also the life of the imagination.”

For 45 years, Meryl Streep continues to bring a varied and vivid array of characters to life in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. Educated in the New Jersey public school system through high school, Ms. Streep graduated cum laude from Vassar College and received her MFA with Honors from Yale University. Within three years of graduation, she made her Broadway debut, won an Emmy for Holocaust, and received her first Oscar nomination for The Deerhunter. She has won three Academy Awards, and in 2018, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 21st nomination for her role as Katharine Graham in The Post. Her recent and upcoming projects include HBO's second season of Big Little Lies, Steven Soderbergh's subversive romp about offshore investment, The Laundromat, for Netflix, and Greta Gerwig's Little Women. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been accorded a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the same honor in 2008 from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In 2011, Ms. Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She holds honorary degrees from 10 colleges and universities. Her husband, artist Don Gummer, and she are the parents of a son and three daughters.

Marketing: Review coverage in library trade journals & magazines including Booklist, School Library Journal, AudioFile, and Publishers Weekly.

National feature and review attention

National media attention

Online outreach

Feature on Listening Library website and in Audio e-newsletter.

School & Library Marketing

Display at national conventions

Submit to appropriate award committees.

Feature on BOT Library website and in e-newsletter.

Praise for CHARLOTTE’S WEB narrated by Meryl Streep and a Full Cast:

“Meryl Streep and a stellar cast take us to the barnyard…Every portrayal of every character, major and minor, bursts with personality.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

“Whether we’re talking E.B. White’s own 2003 narration or the version read to you by your parents/ grandparents/ favorite babysitter, Charlotte’s Web has always been an engaging listening experience. But while those versions are excellent, Listening Library’s newest edition, narrated by Meryl Streep and performed by a full cast of the audiobook world’s strongest kid’s lit voices, is transcendent…In a time when we could all use a bit of comfort (and reminder to be humble and good), this audiobook is a gift.”—Paste

“Yes, Hollywood’s perennial gold statue-holder is reading Charlotte’s Web, the perennial blue-ribbon winner at the state fair of children’s literature. And, no surprise, this new audiobook is a keeper.”—The New York Times

“A topnotch recording of a beloved book and a must for all audio collections.”—Booklist, starred review

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