Thursday, June 21, 2018

#tbt: Babe by Dick King-Smith

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith. 128 p. Random House Children's Books, 

#tbt features Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith. Originally published in Great Britain in 1983, entitled The Sheep-Pig, it was published in the U.S. in 1985. In 1995, it was adapted into a successful film. It is the story of Babe, a piglet that Farmer Hogget won at a livestock fair by guessing its weight. As a sheep farmer, he has no use for a piglet, but his wife decides to keep him and fatten him up for holiday dinner. Poor Babe is frightened in the unfamiliar surroundings but the sheep-dog, Fly and her puppies take him in and teach him the ways of the farm. This is a gentle, humorous story about belonging and kindness. The movie adaptation stayed true to the book and was excellent.

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