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Babe: The Gallant Pig

Written by Dick King-SmithAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Dick King-Smith
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· Yearling
· Trade Paperback · Ages 6-9 years
· July 18, 1995 · $6.99 · 978-0-679-87393-8 (0-679-87393-7)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Dick King-Smith’s classic story of Babe the sheep-herding pig is back with a charming new cover to win over a new generation of readers!
 
When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops. But before long, Babe reveals a talent no one could have expected: he can handle Farmer Hogget’s stubborn flock better than any sheepdog ever could! When Farmer Hogget enters Babe in the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials, everyone, including his wife, thinks he is a fool. But he believes in Babe. Now it’s just up to Babe to convince everyone else to believe in a sheep-pig!

An ALA Notable Book
 
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
 
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
 
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
 
An NCTE Teachers’ Choice
 
“A hilarious fantasy about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.” —The Washington Post on the film adaptation
 
“An animal fantasy which will inevitably be compared to Charlotte’s Web. . . . A splendid book.” —The Horn Book, starred review
 
“Impossible to resist.” —Booklist, starred review 
 
“One of the most delightful children’s authors.” —The Guardian on Dick King-Smith

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An ALA Notable Book
 
A Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book
 
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
 
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
 
An NCTE Teachers’ Choice
 
“A hilarious fantasy about a plucky piglet that learns how to tend sheep, Babe is a barnyard charmer.” —The Washington Post on the film adaptation
 
“An animal fantasy which will inevitably be compared to Charlotte’s Web. . . . A splendid book.” —The Horn Book, starred review
 
“Impossible to resist.” —Booklist, starred review 
 
“One of the most delightful children’s authors.” —The Guardian on Dick King-Smith

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WINNER 1985 - Horn Book Fanfare
WINNER 1985 - Parents' Choice Award
WINNER 1985 - Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
WINNER 1985 - Library of Congress Children's Books of the Year
WINNER 1985 - Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book
NOMINEE 1998 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children’s books that have received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Among his well-loved novels are Babe: The Gallant Pig, Harry’s Mad, Martin’s Mice, Ace: The Very Important Pig, The Robber Boy, The Invisible Dog, Three Terrible Trins, Harriet’s Hare, The Stray, A Mouse Called Wolf, and Mr. Ape. Mr. King-Smith passed in away in 2011, but his stories live on.

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