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. –Emilie Coulter–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of my goals is to read all the books that my favorite movies from “childhood” are based on. I read “Chitty-Chitty, Bang-Bang” and “The Rescuers” the same month as “Babe” and alas only “Babe” gave me the satisfaction that I craved. If you loved the movie, you’ll love this book. As for the other two books, give them a chance, but don’t go looking for the movies.