The Barn in “Charlotte’s Web” and My Porch

E.B. White on the infamous rope swing in his barn.

Today I was ‘in the barn’ when we opened the doors to our porch.  E.B. White wrote about opening the barn doors at springtime in “Charlotte’s Web”.

Then came a quiet morning when Mr. Zuckerman opened a door on the north side.  A warm draft of rising air blew softly through the barn cellar.  The air smelled of the damp earth, of the spruce woods, of the sweet springtime.

When we opened the doors to the porch, E.B. White’s words were right there, because that was exactly how it was.  I was in the barn, and on the porch.  It was wonderful.

We sat in folded chairs, looking at all the work ahead.  But for the moment, we talked, laughed, looked at the big wide world, and smelled springtime.  Just as it happened in the barn in “Charlotte’s Web”.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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53 Responses to The Barn in “Charlotte’s Web” and My Porch

  1. I remember opening the porch in the Midwest. It was a big day and wonderful night (till the chill set in)

  2. I love the photo of E.B. White on the barn swing. I’d not seen it before.

  3. Great book and one that most of us can relate to in some way or another.

  4. Ritu says:

    A wonderful feeling, Jennie!
    And great, to be able to tie it in with a book so treasured!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    One of those books that I always read to my class. A classic!

  6. Annika Perry says:

    Jennie, sense your joy at of the moment and love how it links to such a special book. That photo of him on the swing is wonderful, one can sense the childish exuberance that will never fade away! Happy Sorting out the barn! 😀

  7. quiall says:

    How wonderful to be immersed in the story, physically. Great idea.

  8. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi Jennie, thank you so much!

  9. This is a great story, Jennie. I just love spring.

  10. beetleypete says:

    I had never imagined an American porch having doors. In my mind, it was used all year round, and open to the elements.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      Mine has doors from the inside (in the photo) a roof, and floor to ceiling screens all the way around. We use it from spring to fall. Best to you, Pete.

  11. I didn’t know until I did a quick search today on the book. It was banned in Kansas in 2006 because they opposed the talking animals. I liked the book and loved the illustrations.

  12. The Hook says:

    We love sitting on our porch; it’s a great place to rest and reflect.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    We don’t have such a porch, but I have the same feeling when we take off the storm windows, put in the screens and let the breezes blow. Not yet though!

  14. Darlene says:

    The smell of the sweet springtime is always so welcome. I remember it from the farm especially. How wonderful that you took the time to enjoy it.

  15. Seems i have to grab this book, too. You really have a romantic region. Best wishes, Michael

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  17. It sounds magical and so poetic! I’d never seen that image of EB on the swing before. 😀

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