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Babe: The Gallant Pig

by Dick King-Smith
118 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by The Hermit

A cute book for children who love animals, but some parts may be sad for very young children.

Plot

(Note: This book was published in the United Kingdom under the name of "The Sheep Pig.")

After his new boss picks him up from the fair, Babe, a piglet, wants to learn everything he can about his new home. He wants to become a sheep-pig after seeing Fly, the sheepdog, herd the sheep and gets encouragement from an old ewe.

Morality

Fly feels sorry for Babe and adopts him for his sake, knowing that the boss will probably eat him when he grows big enough. Babe wants to treat sheep the way he would like to be treated and speaks to them politely, even though Fly says scaring them is the only thing they understand.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

Some dogs attack the sheep. A gun is aimed at one of the characters. Rustlers try to steal the sheep, and later one sheep dies.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

At the beginning, Fly says pigs are stupid; so do some other farm animals.

Conclusion

This is an excellent book when read aloud to children or when you read it for fun. There are many nice parts, and the characters are the kind that can actually accomplish things.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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