First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. ‘Out to the hoghouse,’ replied Mrs Arable. ‘Some pigs were born last night.’ ‘I don’t see why he needs an axe,’ continued Fern, who was only eight.
This is my current read: it is just wonderful. It fills me with a real feeling of nostalgia as I grew up on a farm – although we didn’t keep pigs! I can’t believe I haven’t read this before! I’m fulfilling one of my Bookish Resolutions by reading more children’s classics this year. I think I’ve started with a good one!
Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.