Other small things like this would bother me as well, in the reading. For example, we have multiple scenes with Fern observing everything that is happening in the barn except we are not even aware that she is there. The first time she leaves and goes home and tells her family about the animals talking, I am amazed. While we were told that Fern visited the farm regularly, she was not actually placed in the scene and we did not have her impressions of that scene. She never joined the conversation or said anything, so we had no idea she understood their conversation (or frankly that she was even there, unless we took note of the picture placing her in the scene). It was only when she repeated the conversation to her aunt and uncle that we realized she was there and that she had understood the entire conversation. Even when she shares it with her aunt and uncle, we don’t really get any sense that Fern understands that it is unusual for animals to be talking or for her to understand them.
Another example of this is on page 104. We have an entire scene with the animals trying to decide which word to write into the web next and Wilbur performing tricks for Charlotte to help her determine if he is radiant. We then have two stories from Charlotte and she sings to Wilbur to lull him to sleep. The text then says, “When the song ended, Fern got up and went home.” Really?? I had no idea Fern was even there. She wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the scene. It’s like E.B. White suddenly remembered that he was telling a story, not just about the animals, but about the little girl who could understand them, and threw her in at the last minute, just to remind us that Fern existed.