When Ferns father spares the runt of the liter, Fern names him Wilbur. Wilbur is sold to Ferns uncle and in his barn is where Wilbur meets a spider named Charlotte. While there are plans to slaughter Wilbur, Charlotte weaves praise of Wilbur into her webs, which gives the farmers reason to spare Wilbur. He is entered into the fair for his extraordinary abilities but does not take home a prize. Charlotte lays eggs that are kept safe by Wilbur, only the three smallest stay to keep Wilbur company and stay in the doorway where Charlotte was previously. I would use this book to have the students identify character traits about themselves or classmates that Charlotte would put in her web about them!