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Puffin Modern Classics the Sheep-pig Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0141333367
LANGUAGE:English

" This is one of those Dick King-Smith books that show very well his strong potential as a writer, nearly perfect as a blend of sensitivity and fun in coming up with a starkly imaginative, thrillingly unique tale that is really not like anything that the reader will have previously seen.
Babe encapsulates the most saliently positive qualities of kids themselves, which will do nicely in commending this story to young readers. He doesn't accept that sheep are "stupid" and unworthy of addressing as equals based on what he has been told all his life by the sheepdogs; he senses that sheep are most certainly NOT mentally deficient, and he will not treat them as if they are no more than underlings to be pushed around.
Many will primarily take from this situation the reinforced lesson of "It's easier to attract flies with honey than vinegar", and note that it is Babe's exceedingly polite treatment of the sheep that ultimately garners success. These are valid points, to be sure, but what I take from it more is that people ("personified" in the form of Babe's mum, the sheep dog Fly) have a natural tendency to sort those around them based on prejudiced opinion, and not based on really knowing the people and making assessments on the quality of their personal character. Babe shirks this tendency, however, and shows that if one is willing to view with fresh eyes the others around them, good things can happen.
I recommend this hearty book to anyone; additionally, without this volume it is doubtful that we ever would have experienced the movie, "Babe".
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"Obviando la tragedia que le pasa a estos pobres animales de campo, y cómo si somos humanos en verdad no querríamos que fueran inteligentes ni valientes (así por lo menos no sufren TANTO)... es un libro genial. Lindo, divertido, inteligente, y todos los personajes, sin excepción, son adorables.

Pero no puedo dejar de comentar la tragedia. ¿Cómo podemos comernos a los mismos animales que decimos amar? ¿Cómo podemos sentirnos compasivos por librarlos de un destino de muerte, cuando fuimos nosotros mismos los que habíamos pensado ejecutarlo en primer lugar? Encuentro que es muy cruel, y que no basta con una simple anécdota sobre EL ejemplar que se salvó, para consolarlo todo. Hay, además, estudios reales que dicen que los chanchos son tanto o más inteligentes que los perros, pero luego igual siguen viviendo solo para terminar en el matadero.

Bueno, ya, sé que no es blanco y negro, que también es comida, y las proteínas y etcétera, pero NO es como antes, y hoy en día ya no se justifica tanto. Si fuera una necesidad, yo lo podría entenderlo... sería incluso capaz de comer a alguien o permitirme ser comida, en una situación tipo "Viven" (tragedia de Los Andes), pero... no es el caso. Y eso me aflige.

Es que ni siquiera es solamente cómo "el ganado" muere, sino que también cómo vive. Si se criaran con humanidad, y los comiéramos solo luego de haber tenido una vida feliz, tampoco sería tan malo, porque los alimentamos y cobijamos después de todo, pero no es así realmente cómo sucede, y las granjas NO SON como las del libro. Hay gallinas que nunca ven la luz solar, y vacas que son recluidas en celdas, para que no se ejerciten y así no hagan músculos... animales genéticamente tan mutilados que a veces ni siquiera pueden caminar, etcétera. De momento, ni siquiera me da el ánimo de querer recordar y además ya estoy siendo lo suficientemente aguafiestas.

Solo agregaré una cita de Schweitzer (Nobel de la Paz de 1952): "No me importa si el animal es capaz de razonar, solo sé que es capaz de sentir dolor y sufrir y, por eso, lo considero mi hermano.". O sea, que mejor que NO comamos (y torturemos) a los animales, si podemos evitarlo.

En fin, además de que este libro es muy bonito, me gustó que trae conciencia sobre el tema. Hace que los niños (y adultos) pensemos un poco más de dónde vienen el jamón y las hamburguesas. Porque quizá Babe se salvó, pero el chanchito amigo hoy está en el sándwich de turno, y eso ya no se ve con la misma cara que antes.

Creo yo.

Muy recomendable, en todo caso. Más allá del dilema moral es, ya lo dije, un libro genial, y por eso las cinco estrellas. Porque, aún si los animales en verdad no sintieran y así no existiera todo ese dilema, las merece. Es una historia dulce, inspiradora, y bonita, y se lee con una sonrisa de principio a fin.

Es solo que el trasfondo es TAN CRUEL. Incluso para los perros. Incluso para las personas. No es un mundo en el que me dan ganas de vivir.
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" What a fabulous read aloud book! I enjoyed it as much as my son. My 5 year old would give it 100 stars. I did omit the word "bitch" referring to the collie as it wasn't necessary and didn't want to get into a discussion of when it is not appropriate to use the word or how people could misinterpret it coming from a 5 year old. " said.

" I don't think I've ever read this book before, but I did today for class. At the beginning I thought I wasn't going to like it all that much--after all, there already is a great book featuring a pig as the main character, and that's Charlotte's Web--but awww, as I kept on reading I liked Babe more and more (and also the minor characters, Mr. Hogget and Fly especially) until by the end I was wishing I had a Babe of my own to cuddle with as he sheep-pigs his way to victory! " said.

"Dieses Buch würde von mir uneingeschränkt das Prädikat "Pädagogisch besonders wertvoll" erhalten. Die Handlung kennt man eventuell vom Film "Ein Schweinchen namens Babe", dem dieses Buch als Grundlage diente. Den Filmemachern war damals ein sehr schöner Familienfilm mit liebevoll ausgearbeiteten Charakteren gelungen.
Und diesen Charme merkt man auch im Buch. So man daran interessiert ist, seinen Kindern soziale Werte zu vermitteln, ist dieses Buch hervorragend dafür geeignet. Das kleine Schweinchen hat ein freundliches Wesen und mit seiner Höflichkeit erreicht es mehr, als der Hütehund durch sein ruppiges Wesen.
Sei nett zu deinen Mittieren/-menschen, bitte um etwas, das du willst oder getan haben möchtest, sage bitte und danke, nimm Rücksicht auf andere. Nichtsdestotrotz hat die Geschichte nichts schweres oder behäbiges. Sie liest sich wie ein modernes Märchen und wenn das Schweinchen sich dann mit der Bitte "Wenn nun freundlicherweise die vier Damen mit dem Halsband den Kreis verlassen würden..." an die Schafen wendet, ist es, als würde es seinen Zauberstab heben.
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"One of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book. I listened to it with my two daughters on a day trip in the car, otherwise I would have never finished it.

If you do decide to read it to your kids, get ready for lines like, "the Collie bitch was pleased to see Babe growing up so strong. And "the bitch told the pig that the farmer was pleased with his progress."

After the 2nd reference to this term, and after laughing out loud at the surprise of it, I had to tell my 10-year old that the term was not acceptable to use for humans - and was especially derogatory for women. When I went to discuss it further with her, she just rolled her eyes at me and said, "I know, Dad, I know, jeeez." After the 4th reference in the book, and with me telling her again that this was not appropriate for humans, she was completely irritated! It was actually pretty funny and was perhaps the most fun and excitement we got from the entire experience.
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" Such a fun story. I think I like the movie better actually and this book has a lot of charm. It's clever and funny and show how far politeness can get you in life. I think this is often overlooked and I think the world can use more kindness and politeness. I think Babe also shows that life doesn't always have to be what you expect. The unexpected can be as much fun, even more so. A bit of kindness can land us in the prize winning sheep-dog circle. I'm glad I took the time to read this. " said.

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