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Classic childhood favorites for first graders

Explore these seven timeless tales that offer lessons about compassion and friendship.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams (HarperCollins, 1952). $7.99.
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Parents need to know that a major character dies, peacefully but alone. All children (and most adults) will cry, but especially sensitive children may be disturbed. Families who read this book could discuss the various concepts of friendship presented here. Charlotte obviously gives a lot in this relationship — what does she get in return? How should one treat one's friends? What should one expect from them? 184 pages. Newbery Honor Award.

— Common Sense Media

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