Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith Format: Chapter Book Age: 6-10 Genre: Fiction / Farm life / Farm animals Crown Publishing, 1983 ISBN: 0517555565, 118 pages Find this book at your local library
Father Hogget, who never wins anything, won a game at the country fair. His prize? A little piglet named Babe. At the farm, Babe quickly becomes attached to Fly, the sheepdog and soon Babe starts to learn how to become a sheepdog, in his own special way. Making friends, and surprising his owners, Babe is a sweet little pig that will quickly wiggle into the hears of the same readers who fell for Wilber in E.B. White’s classic, Charlotte’s Web.
It seems like Babe and Charlotte’s Web are just about the only two books of their kind. A small little piglet that nobody wanted, is taken in and raised by an unlikely source, and soon makes a great name for himself, all the while befriending humans and animals alike. Babe is written for a slightly younger audience than Charlotte’s Web. The writing is much more simple, and less descriptive. The animals aren’t layered much, but they provide a lot of humor as Babe learns his way around the farm. The book is charming, most of the charm rests on Babe’s shoulders. I think this would make for a perfect bedtime story selection. The chapters are short, about 8-10 pages each. There is also a very popular movie of the same name, and it has stayed true to the book. It would also be fun to pair the two together and look for the differences and similaries between the book and the movie.