Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith is a charming book for children ages 8-11. The book is slightly longer than 100 pages. It was first published in England. I have seen two different editions of this book and both contain delightful, although different, illustrations.

Farmer Hogget finds a cute piglet at the local fair, and Mrs. Hogget begins to fatten him to become holiday ham.  But the farm’s sheepdog takes pity on the lonely pig, adopting him as her own.  He follows her around, watching her work the sheep and dreaming some day of becoming a sheep-pig.

The story is full of entertaining characters, both animal and human.  It encourages readers to work hard to overcome obstacles and fulfill dreams.

There are a couple of times when Babe is in jeopardy, but they are quickly resolved in his favor. There is one sad moment when a sheep dies.  For younger children this could be a read-aloud book, but older kids will enjoy reading it on their own.

The farmyard, humor, and surprises make this a good read.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

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