In Charlotte’s Web, Wilbur the pig has to accept his best friend Charlotte is dying.
“I’m done for," she replied. "In a day or two I'll be dead. I haven't even the strength enough to climb down into the crate."
E B White’s classic was published in 1952. Inspired by personal events, Mel Harris sets out to find out about some of the books available to children who are facing death and bereavement. Where are the contemporary alternatives to Charlotte's Web? What solace and support might children find in literature today? Can sad books also be funny? She talks to writers and storytellers, including our new Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho. And she talks to children too.