Author E. B. White

In the children's novel Charlotte's Web, which of the following words was NOT seen?

Considering radiant, miniature, terrific, and humble, the answer is: "miniature."

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Written by E. B. White – the same author who wrote Stuart Little – Charlotte's Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being selected for the slaughterhouse, Charlotte writes messages in her web praising him, in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

In her foreword to Charlotte's Web, Kate DiCamillo quotes White as saying, "All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world." Author at heart, White's children's books brought him international acclaim as just that – Charlotte's Web earned its place in the hearts of American children as a sensitive yet warm, funny and intelligent classic of children's literature.

White began his writing career as a contributor to the newly formed New Yorker magazine in 1925. It was there that he remained as a columnist for over six decades, finding his voice as a writer and coining his knack for language. In the late 1930s, White turned his hand to children's fiction on behalf of a niece, Janice Hart White. His first children's book, Stuart Little, was published in 1945, and Charlotte's Web followed in 1952. White ultimately received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the U.S. professional children's librarians in 1970, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature."

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