Believe it or not, I haven't read Charlotte's Web yet, but I did just finish Once More To the Lake, and it is indeed a beautiful book. I particularly liked "A Slight Sound at Evening", and in this essay he expresses his admiration for Henry David Thoreau and his book, Walden. Thoreau is also one of my favorite writers, and his Walden was especially fascinating-I don't recall ever acquiring so much pleasure and fullness of spirit in reading one single book. And you can detect the slight similarities between his work and White's-at least there is the same love and intoxication in Nature and in White's case, animals especially. But White's work also has that slight touch of humor-not much, but just enough to add a stroke of lightness to the beauty of the words and descriptions.