BABE: THE GALLANT PIG by Dick King Smith

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When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he isn’t quite sure what to do with it.  Mrs. Hogget is excited for the prospect of a nice ham at Christmas.  But the piglet, Babe, has other ideas.  After watching his adopted mother, the sheepdog, do her work and befriending one of the sheep himself, Babe discovers that he has a talent as a sheep pig.  When Farmer Hogget notices the same talent, he begins to get new ideas for the pig’s future.

This classic story is short and sweet, with a touch of humor.  Readers who enjoy animal stories will love reading about Babe and his friends on the farm.  Babe would also make a great family read aloud. 

If you liked Babe, you might like I, Freddy, Mousenet, or The Incredible Journey.

(Also, the 1995 film adaptation of the same name is truly excellent–very close to the book with just a bit of added drama.)

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