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Puffin Modern Classics the Sheep-pig Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0141333367
LANGUAGE:English

" Cute book, but not ANYWHERE as awesome as the movie. Suprisingly more succinct than the movie (I had no idea they had added so much). But still a cute book. But if I had to choose between movie and book, I would reccommend the movie (I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT). " said.

" Ack! How have I not read this until now?! The perfect book for budding vegetarians and animal-lovers! (Confession: I still have not seen either movie. Now I really, really want to.) A great book for sensitive kids and kids who don't fit in, and anyone who loved E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. " said.

" This is a very fast read. For those who want to compare it to the movie, a lot of things I loved about the movie weren't in the book, which shows just what a great adaptation it is. But the book is sweet and perfect for small children. " said.

" I loved the film adaptation of Babe from the time of my first viewing 21(!) years ago and now my two kids love it as much as I did/do. I really enjoyed reading the book, not knowing there was one until I came across a copy, along with my seven year old. At its heart, the story of Babe is one about believing in someone or something against any and all odds. " said.

"Books are almost always better than movies, but in this case, having seen the iconic movie first (one of the few children's films to be nominated best picture) I approached this book with some trepidation. It was, however, far and away even better than the movie - more sensitive, more humorous, more charming. Farmer Hoggett is not nearly so crusty and hard to read as played by James Cromwell (although he had a certain charm). King-Smith has a knack with writing dialect for everyone involved -most of all the sheep. A quick read, my daughter begged me every night to read just one more chapter. A classic." said.

"This is a good, simple book. Probably most 2nd graders could comfortably read this one on their own. It's a decent read-aloud because it introduces the theme of prejudice in a way that is easy for a young person to understand. Fly (the sheep dog) initially assumes that pigs are stupid, as she does with most non-canine species. However, she quickly comes around when she meets charming and polite Babe. The book also proffers the nice concept that manners will get you everywhere. This is a feel-good book with minimal stress, though there was bit of "violence" as my daughter pointed out, when "worriers" got into the sheep pen. (No spoiler from me!)

All in all, I think this book would have been a better "read-to-self" than a "read aloud," but since I'd never read it myself, I got a two-fer out of it. I totally understand how this book became a successful children's movie. I intend to get the video soon.

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"Most Americans probably discovered the movie 'Babe' before reading the original book it was based on. That was true for me, and the book was a delightful discovery.

The movie is incredibly, page-by-page faithful to the original material, in part because the movie is heavily narrated. This is perhaps one of the few instances when the film version surpasses the author's original creativity but remains true to the voice, the characters and the tone. In contrast to most film adaptations, this one adds new characters, details and side stories that are delightful, and the casting and special effects were absolutely genius, but the book remains worthy of its own read.

Babe the book is an incredibly inventive scenario with rich characters that borrows some of its formula and flavor from Charlotte's Web to tell an anthropomorphic story of personal achievement. King-Smith acknowledges the realities of farming and the food chain less obliquely then EB White did. I enjoyed Babe more because it has a more nuanced take on the realities of the domestication of animals, with more depth and more heart.

So if you've seen the movie, still read the book. And once you've read the book, enjoy the movie.

This is not an easy book for my nine-year-old to read because there is a fast moving mixture of dialect, lengthy descriptive phrasing, British colloquialisms, robust vocabulary and complex compound sentences throughout.
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"This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland

4.5 stars

Oh Babe: The Gallant Pig is such a cute book! I was telling my husband I was reading this one for my challenge and he was just like you never read it before? He had when he was younger, which makes sense as it is a children's book, but I never even knew it even was a book. I saw the movie when it came out, but that was about it. It is a quick read, but so cute! Enjoyable for people of any age, not just children.

Babe is a piglet that Farmer Hogget wins at the fair. At first the farmer is just going to feed him till he gets big, then eat him, but he quickly finds that Pig is no ordinary pig. Pig is smart and kind, always eager to learn, and from day one has been like a pup to Fly the sheepdog. When he becomes interested in herding sheep like Fly he becomes determined to do it just as well. Only he has a slightly kinder approach to the whole thing and the farmer quickly realizes he might have an award winning sheep-pig!

Babe was really cute. I loved the glimpse into the farm animals lives, how they spoke to and thought of each other. Babe is so kind and caring, while Fly was as well, but she was raised that sheep are stupid and she just has a different view of everything. I really enjoyed it and how Fly learned you don't always have to be snappy to get people/sheep to do things, asking nicely is much better than nipping at their heels. A good lesson for kids, but just a really cute read for adults as well. This was my first time reading it and I will probably go back and read it again when I just need something light and fun. I am so glad I am doing this Gilmore Challenge as I never would have thought to look this book up and read it otherwise. It was so much fun.
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