Better than the movie! BY FAR!
Babe is a sensitive soul, deeply loyal to those who are kind to him. So when he is taken in by Farmer Hogget's sheepdog, Fly, it's only natural that he would want to follow in his foster mum's paw-steps. Even with Babe's considerable handicaps as a sheepdog--namely, that he's a pig--he manages to overcome all with his earnestly polite and soft-spoken ways, proving once again that might doesn't always make right. After saving the sheep from rustlers and wild dogs, Babe convinces Hogget that his idea of becoming a sheep-pig "b'aint so stupid" as it might look. But neither Hogget nor Babe, nor anyone else, could have predicted what follows.
As utterly charming as Charlotte's Web, this book is bound to pluck even the tightest heartstrings. Masterful characterization brings every personality to vibrant life, while Mary Rayner's lively line illustrations only elucidate images Dick King-Smith has already planted in the reader's mind. Herd the whole farmyard together: readers of all ages, ambitions, and antecedents will love this one.
"You are what you pretend to be" - Made into a motion picture.
Years ago I enjoyed the movie, Babe, but was not aware that it originated from a book. Dick King-Smith's book, "Babe The Gallant Pig," is not only delightful, but has all the sweet impact of the movie without a few extra characters and events found in the movie. A primary character in the movie, the male sheepdog, is NOT in the book. This intensifies the relationship between Babe and Ma with a greater illustration of selfless love. I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered several animal tales by the same author to read the children in my life.
When babe (a Pig) arrives at the Hogget farm, Mrs. Hogget's thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops. It looks as if the little pig is a destined for the dinner table _ until he rveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is!
A very nice little story.
The happy tale of a gallant pig and his quest to not become...a sheepdog!
A nice charming gentle read that I enjoyed even more than the movie.