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Fresh from his foray into Hollywood stardom, Babe gets a new cover for the "Knopf Paperbacks" line."An animal fantasy which will inevitably becompared to "Charlotte's Web."..Combines a robust pleasue in the smell andfeel of rural surroundings with a humorous affection for all livingcreatures...a splendid book." "The Horn Book," starred reviewAn ALA Notable BookA "Boston GlFresh from his foray into Hollywood stardom, Babe gets a new cover for the "Knopf Paperbacks" line."An animal fantasy which will inevitably becompared to "Charlotte's Web."..Combines a robust pleasue in the smell andfeel of rural surroundings with a humorous affection for all livingcreatures...a splendid book." "The Horn Book," starred reviewAn ALA Notable BookA "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor BookA "Horn Book" Fanfare Honor BookAn IRA/CBC Children's ChoiceAn NCTE Teachers' Choice...

Title : Babe: The Gallant Pig
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ISBN : 9780517555569
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 118 Pages
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Babe: The Gallant Pig Reviews

  • Claire Conlon
    2018-12-31 15:58

    When I was in primary school Babe was the biggest blockbuster film and was extremely popular! I remember our teacher telling us that the film was based on a book and when I read the book that I enjoyed it even more! I was delighted therefore to have the opportunity to revisit one of my favourite childhood stories. The story begins with Mr. Hogget winning a pig at the fair by correctly guessing the pig’s weight. Originally Babe was going to be fattened up by Mrs. Hogget but miraculously Babe escaped! Babe was then adopted by Fly, the sheepdog on the farm. Babe then goes about copying Fly’s mannerisms and he is determined to become a sheep pig. Babe’s journey throughout the book is very enjoyable as the reader wills him on to succeed. The story deals with a lot of issues that are appropriate to a primary audience. Fly’s assumption that all non canine animals are stupid is quickly disproven once she met Babe. This shows children that we cannot base ideas on people by appearances only. Furthermore the way in which Babe treats the sheep shows that he does not judge others by their appearances. King-Smith has written some brilliant dialogue within the book that really helps bring the story to life. Furthermore the characters are excellently described and relatable. I would really enjoy reading this book to children in year 2 to upper key stage two as I think it is a very important story with themes that are important for all children.

  • Calista
    2019-01-04 09:03

    Such a fun story. I think I like the movie better actually and this book has a lot of charm. It's clever and funny and show how far politeness can get you in life. I think this is often overlooked and I think the world can use more kindness and politeness. I think Babe also shows that life doesn't always have to be what you expect. The unexpected can be as much fun, even more so. A bit of kindness can land us in the prize winning sheep-dog circle. I'm glad I took the time to read this.

  • Brennan
    2018-12-31 11:12

    One of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I listened to it with my two daughters on a day trip in the car, otherwise I would have never finished it. If you do decide to read it to your kids, get ready for lines like, "the Collie bitch was pleased to see Babe growing up so strong. And "the bitch told the pig that the farmer was pleased with his progress." After the 2nd reference to this term, and after laughing out loud at the surprise of it, I had to tell my 10-year old that the term was not acceptable to use for humans - and was especially derogatory for women. When I went to discuss it further with her, she just rolled her eyes at me and said, "I know, Dad, I know, jeeez." After the 4th reference in the book, and with me telling her again that this was not appropriate for humans, she was completely irritated! It was actually pretty funny and was perhaps the most fun and excitement we got from the entire experience.

  • Mom
    2018-12-24 15:10

    Lovely. Glad to see that the movie didn't deviate too much from the book.

  • Andy
    2018-12-23 14:04

    Dieses Buch würde von mir uneingeschränkt das Prädikat "Pädagogisch besonders wertvoll" erhalten. Die Handlung kennt man eventuell vom Film "Ein Schweinchen namens Babe", dem dieses Buch als Grundlage diente. Den Filmemachern war damals ein sehr schöner Familienfilm mit liebevoll ausgearbeiteten Charakteren gelungen. Und diesen Charme merkt man auch im Buch. So man daran interessiert ist, seinen Kindern soziale Werte zu vermitteln, ist dieses Buch hervorragend dafür geeignet. Das kleine Schweinchen hat ein freundliches Wesen und mit seiner Höflichkeit erreicht es mehr, als der Hütehund durch sein ruppiges Wesen. Sei nett zu deinen Mittieren/-menschen, bitte um etwas, das du willst oder getan haben möchtest, sage bitte und danke, nimm Rücksicht auf andere. Nichtsdestotrotz hat die Geschichte nichts schweres oder behäbiges. Sie liest sich wie ein modernes Märchen und wenn das Schweinchen sich dann mit der Bitte "Wenn nun freundlicherweise die vier Damen mit dem Halsband den Kreis verlassen würden..." an die Schafen wendet, ist es, als würde es seinen Zauberstab heben.

  • Steph Su
    2018-12-31 14:08

    I don't think I've ever read this book before, but I did today for class. At the beginning I thought I wasn't going to like it all that much--after all, there already is a great book featuring a pig as the main character, and that's Charlotte's Web--but awww, as I kept on reading I liked Babe more and more (and also the minor characters, Mr. Hogget and Fly especially) until by the end I was wishing I had a Babe of my own to cuddle with as he sheep-pigs his way to victory!

  • Elise
    2018-12-19 08:11

    What a fabulous read aloud book! I enjoyed it as much as my son. My 5 year old would give it 100 stars. I did omit the word "bitch" referring to the collie as it wasn't necessary and didn't want to get into a discussion of when it is not appropriate to use the word or how people could misinterpret it coming from a 5 year old.

  • María Paz Greene F
    2018-12-26 14:11

    Obviando la tragedia que le pasa a estos pobres animales de campo, y cómo si somos humanos en verdad no querríamos que fueran inteligentes ni valientes (así por lo menos no sufren TANTO)... es un libro genial. Lindo, divertido, inteligente, y todos los personajes, sin excepción, son adorables.Pero no puedo dejar de comentar la tragedia. ¿Cómo podemos comernos a los mismos animales que decimos amar? ¿Cómo podemos sentirnos compasivos por librarlos de un destino de muerte, cuando fuimos nosotros mismos los que habíamos pensado ejecutarlo en primer lugar? Encuentro que es muy cruel, y que no basta con una simple anécdota sobre EL ejemplar que se salvó, para consolarlo todo. Hay, además, estudios reales que dicen que los chanchos son tanto o más inteligentes que los perros, pero luego igual siguen viviendo solo para terminar en el matadero.Bueno, ya, sé que no es blanco y negro, que también es comida, y las proteínas y etcétera, pero NO es como antes, y hoy en día ya no se justifica tanto. Si fuera una necesidad, yo lo podría entenderlo... sería incluso capaz de comer a alguien o permitirme ser comida, en una situación tipo "Viven" (tragedia de Los Andes), pero... no es el caso. Y eso me aflige.Es que ni siquiera es solamente cómo "el ganado" muere, sino que también cómo vive. Si se criaran con humanidad, y los comiéramos solo luego de haber tenido una vida feliz, tampoco sería tan malo, porque los alimentamos y cobijamos después de todo, pero no es así realmente cómo sucede, y las granjas NO SON como las del libro. Hay gallinas que nunca ven la luz solar, y vacas que son recluidas en celdas, para que no se ejerciten y así no hagan músculos... animales genéticamente tan mutilados que a veces ni siquiera pueden caminar, etcétera. De momento, ni siquiera me da el ánimo de querer recordar y además ya estoy siendo lo suficientemente aguafiestas.Solo agregaré una cita de Schweitzer (Nobel de la Paz de 1952): "No me importa si el animal es capaz de razonar, solo sé que es capaz de sentir dolor y sufrir y, por eso, lo considero mi hermano.". O sea, que mejor que NO comamos (y torturemos) a los animales, si podemos evitarlo.En fin, además de que este libro es muy bonito, me gustó que trae conciencia sobre el tema. Hace que los niños (y adultos) pensemos un poco más de dónde vienen el jamón y las hamburguesas. Porque quizá Babe se salvó, pero el chanchito amigo hoy está en el sándwich de turno, y eso ya no se ve con la misma cara que antes.Creo yo.Muy recomendable, en todo caso. Más allá del dilema moral es, ya lo dije, un libro genial, y por eso las cinco estrellas. Porque, aún si los animales en verdad no sintieran y así no existiera todo ese dilema, las merece. Es una historia dulce, inspiradora, y bonita, y se lee con una sonrisa de principio a fin.Es solo que el trasfondo es TAN CRUEL. Incluso para los perros. Incluso para las personas. No es un mundo en el que me dan ganas de vivir.

  • Josiah
    2018-12-30 09:56

    This is one of those Dick King-Smith books that show very well his strong potential as a writer, nearly perfect as a blend of sensitivity and fun in coming up with a starkly imaginative, thrillingly unique tale that is really not like anything that the reader will have previously seen. Babe encapsulates the most saliently positive qualities of kids themselves, which will do nicely in commending this story to young readers. He doesn't accept that sheep are "stupid" and unworthy of addressing as equals based on what he has been told all his life by the sheepdogs; he senses that sheep are most certainly NOT mentally deficient, and he will not treat them as if they are no more than underlings to be pushed around. Many will primarily take from this situation the reinforced lesson of "It's easier to attract flies with honey than vinegar", and note that it is Babe's exceedingly polite treatment of the sheep that ultimately garners success. These are valid points, to be sure, but what I take from it more is that people ("personified" in the form of Babe's mum, the sheep dog Fly) have a natural tendency to sort those around them based on prejudiced opinion, and not based on really knowing the people and making assessments on the quality of their personal character. Babe shirks this tendency, however, and shows that if one is willing to view with fresh eyes the others around them, good things can happen. I recommend this hearty book to anyone; additionally, without this volume it is doubtful that we ever would have experienced the movie, "Babe".

  • Holly Persell
    2018-12-18 15:03

    "Babe: The Gallant Pig" by Dick King-Smith is a wonderful read-aloud or individual read for middle elementary students. It is considered a classic, and it is a quick, easy read. I especially loved the depiction of simple, "down home" farmers. The greatest lesson I gained from reading this is that anyone can achieve anything they desire if they put their minds to it. That lesson can be used to encourage students in a classroom to follow their dreams. Another lesson that students can learn is to put away any former opinions or stereotypes before interaction with someone or something that they have never encountered before. By putting this away, just as Babe did with the sheep, you get to know other people or other situations for who or what they really are. If you are encouraging your students to read this book or reading it aloud to your students, you must be aware that there is a controversial word scattered in it: "bitch". Teachers and parents must be aware of this in order to explain the real meaning of the word and that the farmer is not being vulgar or name-calling. I would recommend this book to middle or upper elementary children, because it is an easy and enjoyable read.

  • Kellie
    2018-12-28 15:08

    Some people know I have this weird obsession for movies with talking animals. This obsession extends to books as well. I love stories about animals, and stories that are told from an animal's point of view. Babe is one of my all-time favorite talking animal movies. It wasn't until I started working at the library did I realize that it was based on a book. (How did I not ever know this?) So I added it to my mental wish list of random, older juvenile books that I wanted to read sooner rather than later.Cut to my five-days-off-Thanksgiving-weekend. I decided I just really wanted to spend the majority of that time reading, something I haven't done in a very long time. I brought 7 books home from the library with me. Babe is the second book I have finished so far. I loved it. :D I loved reading it and discovering that the movie followed the book so very closely. (Although the absence of BAA-RAM-EWE bummed me out.)Definitely an animal classic, right up there with Charlotte's Web (which I still need to read!). At some point I may have to locate a nice copy of this to add to my personal collection.

  • Lindsey
    2019-01-15 10:01

    Can't believe I'm saying this but I like the movie better!

  • nica pungtilan
    2019-01-04 07:57

    Aww ang charming ng mga characters at ang fitting ng storyline para sa mga batang mambabasa. Too bad mas nauna kong nabasa ang Animal Farm kung saan nagkaroon ako ng malubhang pandidiri sa mga domenanteng baboy at sa mga characters namely "Mr. Jones" hehe! Pero nevertheless delightful read pa rin

  • ดินสอ สีไม้
    2019-01-15 10:08

    มันสั้นเกินไปสำหรับผู้ใหญ่แต่สำหรับเด็กๆ ที่เริ่มอ่านหนังสือเล่มขนาดของเล่มกำลังพอดีเนื้อหาไม่ซับซ้อน อ่านง่าย มีภาพประกอบลายเส้นสวยๆเนื้อเรื่องอบอุ่น อ่อนโยนผู้ใหญ่อ่านสนุกเฉยๆแต่เด็กๆ น่าจะชอบมาก

  • Rosemarie
    2018-12-24 15:11

    An enjoyable read.

  • Ed Fincham
    2018-12-19 11:14

    Dick King-Smith’s tale of Babe - the successful sheep-pig - carries hints of an allegorical fable, but stays just the right side of entertainment to be an engaging, and to my mind interesting read for early KS2 or advanced KS1. The story is set within an idealized agricultural landscape, an essentially timeless idyll, with only slight nods to anything resembling modernity. The setting is both strikingly familiar, and hopelessly alien. Familiar in that agricultural idyll is a common literary stereotype and a perceived truth of an English past, but alien in the sense that the setting depicted is both extinct, and a misrepresentation of past reality. This mis-match is very important in considering how a child may understand the book. The author includes only very light descriptive detail, leaving the landscape as an understood constant; for instance the interrelationship of farmhouse, barn, and field, or the mechanics of sheep farming. However without that understanding the characters motivations become less clear, why does the farm not keep pigs ? Why must babe be killed at six months old ? Or even, why shouldn’t a pig herd sheep ? As an adult with some knowledge of farming practices it was clear, however would a child brought up in an urban environment, or a child whom is relatively new to the country have the same understanding ? Probably not; and to some extent this compromises the effectiveness of the book in the classroom today. However where the book excels is in its characterization and dialogue. Anthropomorphic animals are a constant of children’s literature, and unlike the setting, a constant that is almost certain to be understood by all (although there is perhaps still the problem of equating what the animals actually are and what they do). The human characters are intentionally blank (providing excellent scope for questioning children on their thoughts and motivations), highlighting the animals as key protagonists. Babe’s defining feature is his politeness, a feature which enders him to the sheep, contrasts with the dog’s rudeness, and which affords him success in the competition. This dichotomy between politeness and rudeness is the underpinning message of the story, it is clear without being overly explicit or overpowering. There is excellent scope for further study of the book; the story ends with all characters and story-lines open for progression and development, and an interesting follow-on activity would be a creative writing ‘what do you think happens next activity’. Overall Sheep-Pig has limitations, but also considerable strengths. It may be necessary to explain the pastoral setting to children readers, but I think the characters and the dialogue are strong enough and engaging enough for the children to move beyond initial misunderstandings and foster an interest in the story, setting, and characters.

  • Maureen Lubitz
    2019-01-05 13:54

    Originally posted at You Must Have Your Hands FullMy girls love listening to audiobooks in the car. I have a nice selection of children’s literature, thanks to some great Audible sales. After we listened to Pippi Longstocking, my girls chose The Sheep Pig, by Dick King-Smith. This book is also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig, and is the inspiration for Babe, the Academy Award nominated film.The story begins when Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at a county fair. Mrs. Hogget is delighted, and thinks about the delicious ham they can eat at Christmas. In the barn, the despondent little pig cries because he is in an unfamiliar place, away from his family. Fly, the sheepdog, comforts him, and calls him Babe, after she learns that his mother called all of her piglets. When Fly’s puppies are sold, she grows closer to Babe, especially after she realizes the little pig has a natural capacity for learning. Babe wants nothing more than to learn to herd sheep. While Fly’s philosophy involves exerting dominance over the woolly beasts, Babe wonders if the sheep might do what he wants if he simply asks nicely. But what will the farmer do when he realizes that the pig might be the best sheepdog he ever had?My girls have not seen Babe, so this was their first exposure to the clever little pig. This was a very sweet story, and they enjoyed it quite a bit. Babe demonstrates some wonderful qualities; he uses good manners to achieve his goals. Normally I wouldn’t mention a key plot point, but Babe quickly proves his loyalty to the farm by protecting the sheep, and it is decided that he should not be eaten. I want to mention this in case there were any concerns about the specter of death hanging over the pig for the entire story.I also want to mention that the dog is referred to as the “collie bitch” multiple times. This is, of course, the technical term for a female dog. Apparently, going to school has not corrupted my children because they did not blink at the word “bitch”. But as soon as the dog said that sheep were “stupid”, my children were outraged and proclaimed that they couldn’t believe that the dog said the worst word in the world.I would absolutely recommend The Sheep Pig/Babe: The Gallant Pig. This is a heartwarming story. The print edition is best suited for children in elementary school, but my kindergarten girls enjoyed listening to this story, so it would be a nice choice for reading out loud

  • Matthew Brinkworth
    2019-01-03 08:51

    Dick King-Smith used to teach at my primary school. After retiring he would often visit and read during assemblies, he loved to get feed back from the children about what they enjoyed about his writing and maybe what they did not quite enjoy as much. Therefore, I was delighted to revisit the author and his classic ‘Babe: The Gallant Pig’, which was made into a major motion picture. As well as teaching, Dick-King Smith had a background in farming. Farming was his passion and inspired him to write mostly about animals and farmyards, which is the setting for ‘Babe’. The story starts with the farmer, Mr. Hogget, winning Babe at a fair by correctly guessing his weight. Originally, the intention of the farmer’s wife, Mrs. Hogget, is to fatten Babe up for juicy pork chops and sizzling bacon. However, Babe escapes and is adopted by the sheep dog, Fly. Babe looks highly upon Fly and begins to copy everything the sheep dog does. Surprisingly, Babe has a talent for sheepherding and before long he is herding the sheep better than any sheep dog ever could. Mr. Hogget spots Babe’s talent and enters him into the Grand Challenge Sheep Dog Trials. I really enjoyed King-Smith’s use of imagination creating a unique, wonderful tale. I feel his background in farming and his clear passion for the subject strengthens this. I also feel King-Smith has a fantastic talent for creating wonderful characters that are expertly described, Mr. Hogget and Babe are stand outs for me. I would recommend ‘Babe: The Gallant Pig’ for year 2 all the way through to upper key stage 2 as I feel there are many opportunities to use the book in the classroom, providing messages which are appropriate for the primary audience. Firstly, the way Babe addresses the sheep is a perfect example of how being polite and understanding can reap many rewards. It is not accepted that sheep are ‘stupid’; instead they should be treated as equals. Secondly, the story provides a great example of why we should not base ideas just on people’s appearances. Just because Babe is not a sheep dog does not mean he will not have a talent for herding sheep. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative and unique book, which I could imagine using as a read aloud book with a broad range of ages, especially appealing to those interested in farm/animal books.

  • Catherine McDonald
    2019-01-13 15:54

    The Sheep-Pig By Dick King –SmithI am quite new to the books of Dick King-Smith. Although I have always heard about his animal stories growing up most especially The Sheep Pig (or perhaps the popular film adaption of Babe), I had never actually read any of his books. In a way, I feel I have missed out on one of the most successful writers who uses animals as his main subject. I can read them now as an adult reader and still enjoy them but the potential that exists for a child is immense. The Sheep Pig takes children into a world of imagination which allows the reader to imagine the daily life of an animal and the respect that is created between the human owner and the animal. The book is about a pig who makes friends with all animals on a farm after he was won at market by farmer Hoggett. He believes he is sheepdog who can perform the same tasks as the sheepdogs on the farm and he surprises everyone around him. I appreciated this book for the creative inspiration King Smith allows children to experience. The child can experience joy, excitement, gentle humour and tension throughout the book. There is great characterisation in the book and the relationship between farmer Hoggett and Babe is simple but sentimental. There are a few tender scenes in the book that pull a few heart strings!! This book is suitable to read aloud to younger classes in Key Stage One. Then confident readers of six or seven will be able to read it by themselves. The language is simple and the message of the book is inclusive for all, which is to appreciate and respect everyone and everything including animals. It would be a nice book to use in a PHSE lesson on animal cruelty and how we should respect all creatures!! It is also good to incorporate into an art lesson getting the children to imagine the scenery of the farm especially for schools in London where many children do not get to see much of the country side. The book can be part of a whole feature of what exists outside London life.

  • Jim Leech
    2019-01-08 12:52

    Babe is not like other pigs; he has greater ambitions than eating, sleeping, and "lying around all day thinking about eating", his ambition is to be a sheep-pig.When Farmer Hogget attends the local fair he unexpectedly wins a small piglet called Babe. Farmer Hogget does not keep pigs, but Mrs Hogget can see a potential Christmas Dinner in his prize and cajoles the farmer into keeping him. Babe has no idea of his intended fate and feels scared and alone on the farm. Farmer Hogget's sheepdog, Fly, develops a motherly bond with Babe and when he expresses a hope to be a sheepdog like her, trains him to become the first sheep-pig. Babe is not built to herd sheep; he is short and stocky and cannot bark orders to them. However, Babe discovers that by being polite the sheep willingly respond to his requests and he is able to herd them better than any dog Farmer Hogget has trained before. Hogget then wonders if his new sheep-pig would be fit for the shepherding trials...The farmyard allegory is used wonderfully in this story by Dick King-Smith. From the start of the story we know the ultimate fate of pigs at the Hogget farm, yet Babe is such a lovely character that we immediately hope he becomes a sheep-pig and not the Christmas dinner. Babe is polite and kind and, unlike the sheepdogs in the story, does not look down on the sheep. The story of Babe becoming a sheep-pig demonstrates that it does not matter what your circumstances are - you can achieve anything you wish with some hard work.The language in this book is not aimed at anyone under the age of eight; there are some mildly difficult words and Mrs Hogget's dialect and accent are not easily accessible to younger readers. But, when read out loud they have the potential to enthral younger listeners and older children will be able to read through a slightly challenging but rewarding story. Babe is a funny, touching, and wonderful book and would be a great read for anyone.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-25 14:44

    This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland4.5 starsOh Babe: The Gallant Pig is such a cute book! I was telling my husband I was reading this one for my challenge and he was just like you never read it before? He had when he was younger, which makes sense as it is a children's book, but I never even knew it even was a book. I saw the movie when it came out, but that was about it. It is a quick read, but so cute! Enjoyable for people of any age, not just children.Babe is a piglet that Farmer Hogget wins at the fair. At first the farmer is just going to feed him till he gets big, then eat him, but he quickly finds that Pig is no ordinary pig. Pig is smart and kind, always eager to learn, and from day one has been like a pup to Fly the sheepdog. When he becomes interested in herding sheep like Fly he becomes determined to do it just as well. Only he has a slightly kinder approach to the whole thing and the farmer quickly realizes he might have an award winning sheep-pig!Babe was really cute. I loved the glimpse into the farm animals lives, how they spoke to and thought of each other. Babe is so kind and caring, while Fly was as well, but she was raised that sheep are stupid and she just has a different view of everything. I really enjoyed it and how Fly learned you don't always have to be snappy to get people/sheep to do things, asking nicely is much better than nipping at their heels. A good lesson for kids, but just a really cute read for adults as well. This was my first time reading it and I will probably go back and read it again when I just need something light and fun. I am so glad I am doing this Gilmore Challenge as I never would have thought to look this book up and read it otherwise. It was so much fun.

  • Christina
    2018-12-25 09:49

    Most Americans probably discovered the movie 'Babe' before reading the original book it was based on. That was true for me, and the book was a delightful discovery.The movie is incredibly, page-by-page faithful to the original material, in part because the movie is heavily narrated. This is perhaps one of the few instances when the film version surpasses the author's original creativity but remains true to the voice, the characters and the tone. In contrast to most film adaptations, this one adds new characters, details and side stories that are delightful, and the casting and special effects were absolutely genius, but the book remains worthy of its own read. Babe the book is an incredibly inventive scenario with rich characters that borrows some of its formula and flavor from Charlotte's Web to tell an anthropomorphic story of personal achievement. King-Smith acknowledges the realities of farming and the food chain less obliquely then EB White did. I enjoyed Babe more because it has a more nuanced take on the realities of the domestication of animals, with more depth and more heart.So if you've seen the movie, still read the book. And once you've read the book, enjoy the movie.This is not an easy book for my nine-year-old to read because there is a fast moving mixture of dialect, lengthy descriptive phrasing, British colloquialisms, robust vocabulary and complex compound sentences throughout.

  • Gareth Roberts
    2019-01-06 09:48

    The Sheep – Pig by Dick King-Smith is a classic children’s book which tells the story of a young pig called Babe. The remarkable abilities Babe possesses enable it to become a great sheep-dog, something no one would have ever expected of a pig. I enjoyed the book immensely for a number of reasons. I believe that it can be used as an example of strongly defined characters in a story in literacy while also providing many moral messages which are equally important to a child’s development. The Sheep-Pig reminds us to never doubt ourselves (In regards to what we can achieve and our potential) and illustrates how anything is possible no matter what background we are from (Babe has no family). It teachers us to not judge others by their initial appearance and through Farmer Hogget we see someone who is very understanding and patient. These traits enable Babe to become a great Sheep-Pig and reward the farmer. Through Babe we see politeness and the advantage of being nice to the sheep rather than nasty to get them to go where Babe wants. The book manages to teach these moral lessons in a very touching and witty way. For this reason the book can be enjoyed by KS1 children with the book read out by the class teacher or by KS2 children in private reading.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-12-27 12:00

    I can see that this very brief book contains the bare bones of the movie it inspired, and I have to say that for once the film does the original no disservice!! It even fleshes out characters and events nicely.Saw the movie before I even knew about the book. A very short read, good for kids though you may have to explain that among farm folk and dog breeders, "bitch" is actually the technical term for a female canine, while "dog" is a male. I got in trouble at school in the late sixties for saying we had a collie dog and a crossbred poodle bitch at home, in a discussion about pets. My teacher sent me to the principal, saying I had "sworn at her." When told what I'd actually said, mum told the principal that I had used the correct word in context, and if they had a problem with that--it was theirs. For once she stood up for me, but it didn't help the situation. Non-UK readers may be unaware that there is (or was) even a BBC TV show called "One Man and His Dog" which transmits sheepherding trials like the one described in the book. Without the pig, of course.

  • Isabel
    2019-01-11 12:45

    This is a good, simple book. Probably most 2nd graders could comfortably read this one on their own. It's a decent read-aloud because it introduces the theme of prejudice in a way that is easy for a young person to understand. Fly (the sheep dog) initially assumes that pigs are stupid, as she does with most non-canine species. However, she quickly comes around when she meets charming and polite Babe. The book also proffers the nice concept that manners will get you everywhere. This is a feel-good book with minimal stress, though there was bit of "violence" as my daughter pointed out, when "worriers" got into the sheep pen. (No spoiler from me!) All in all, I think this book would have been a better "read-to-self" than a "read aloud," but since I'd never read it myself, I got a two-fer out of it. I totally understand how this book became a successful children's movie. I intend to get the video soon.

  • Lana
    2019-01-10 15:59

    Brave Babe is a runty little piglet who is brought to Father Hackett's farm for fattening up. Babe ends up cheating his destiny and learns to be a fantastic "sheep-pig" from the resident sheepdog (and adoptive Mother) Fly. However Babe has a rather controversial way of speaking to the sheep nicely in order to get them to move where he wants, and soon this brings him a lot of fame as well as saving the sheep from harm.This story is great to read to the whole class a chapter or two at a time, I read it to a year 2 class and they adored it but I would say that it is suitable for children aged 5 and upwards! there are some truly sad moments in the novel, as well as some truly touching! and it really does prepare younger minds for the real world, which, as we learn together, is not always easy or nice, but is fantastic most of the time!

  • Zoe
    2018-12-19 16:10

    Books are almost always better than movies, but in this case, having seen the iconic movie first (one of the few children's films to be nominated best picture) I approached this book with some trepidation. It was, however, far and away even better than the movie - more sensitive, more humorous, more charming. Farmer Hoggett is not nearly so crusty and hard to read as played by James Cromwell (although he had a certain charm). King-Smith has a knack with writing dialect for everyone involved -most of all the sheep. A quick read, my daughter begged me every night to read just one more chapter. A classic.

  • Renee Bowlay
    2018-12-26 10:01

    I loved the film adaptation of Babe from the time of my first viewing 21(!) years ago and now my two kids love it as much as I did/do. I really enjoyed reading the book, not knowing there was one until I came across a copy, along with my seven year old. At its heart, the story of Babe is one about believing in someone or something against any and all odds.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-21 14:06

    This is a very fast read. For those who want to compare it to the movie, a lot of things I loved about the movie weren't in the book, which shows just what a great adaptation it is. But the book is sweet and perfect for small children.

  • Melle
    2018-12-27 14:57

    Ack! How have I not read this until now?! The perfect book for budding vegetarians and animal-lovers! (Confession: I still have not seen either movie. Now I really, really want to.) A great book for sensitive kids and kids who don't fit in, and anyone who loved E. B. White's Charlotte's Web.