With that, we have to remember the social practice of reading Charlotte's Web. My father read it to me. I read it to Helena. Though some kids may read the book on their own, mostly it is a family event, something that we do together. The effort of reading many pages to a child says "I want to put this much effort into being with you. I like to be with you and tell stories." Both the message of the book and the messenger (the parent reading it) carry the same meaning to the child: "You are special because I love you."