Would it surprise you to hear that I never read this book until college? I had no idea that it used to be the book every first grade teacher read to her class, and is now pretty standard for kindergarten teachers. It really is a great book! It has an interesting plot, including good and evil and cleverness (and vocabulary!), yet it still maintains a sweetness and innocence which is becoming a thing of the past for the little guys. I won't go into the ins and outs of the actual story, since most of you probably already know it, but I have to say, I really enjoy the descriptions in the book. Even without Garth Williams' classic illustrations, you can just imagine what Fern looks like feeding the pig, Wilbur, from a bottle. You can practically see Templeton's bulging body after gorging himself with loads of
I guess it comes down to this: it's a well-written, classic book that kids of today still enjoy! It also has a great ending...unlike this book review. Try it with your kids...they'll love it!