I’m starting 2018 with one of our family’s very favorite books!
Farmer Hogget raises sheep in rural England. One day, in a moment of fate, he wins a tiny piglet at the local fair. This small baby pig pulls at the heartstrings of the farm’s female sheepdog, Fly, and she adopts him into her latest litter. Fly names him Babe and soon he outshines her own puppies at learning how to be a sheepdog. Can Babe’s newfound skills save him from becoming part of Farmer Hogget’s breakfast menu? Could Babe’s skills and kind ways also earn him a place in sheepdog history??
Dick King-Smith wrote more than 100 books, many of which will eventually appear on this blog, but Babe: The Gallant Pig is by far his best known. I can’t remember how we found this book 20+ years ago, but it remains one of our top family read-alouds!
When the movie Babe came out in 1995, we were THRILLED and drove clear across town to see it. The film is a bit different from the original story, but absolutely darling and clever! Entertaining for both kids and adults. You’ll love the amusing collections of wise and harebrained farm animals, along with the laugh-out-loud humans who populate this British children’s story!
Advanced early reading level, 128 pages, books with movies, published in 1983.