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The Sheep-Pig

By: Dick King-Smith
Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
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Publisher's Summary

When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig.

©1983 ©1983 Dick King-Smith (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An unexpectedly thrilling, funny charmer of a book." ( The Guardian)
"Dick King-Smith is a huge favourite with children." ( The Observer)

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My favorite animal story. It's so adorable!

STORY - Babe (or B-a-a-a-a-a-b as pronounced by the sheep) is a pig who is raised by a collie sheepdog and wants to follow in his mother's footsteps. Most of the story takes place on a sheep farm somewhere in Wales or maybe Ireland (not sure). Yes, it's totally fictitious and unbelievable, complete with talking animals, but it's heartwarming and clever. If you saw the movie "Babe," this is the same story.

PERFORMANCE - Good job.

OVERALL - I listened to this book alone because I loved the movie years ago and wanted to hear the story again, but I'd highly recommend it for family road trips! One caution for animal-lovers, however: There is a sad part, but it doesn't last long and then the story is happy again.

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I loved it

If you lived the movie Babe you will love the story it's based on. I love this story very much. I'm sure you will too.

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Really: just lovely

The original story behind Australian film "Babe", about the sheep-herding piglet. Here, Babe grows into a proper adult Great White hog. Alas, there are no singing mice, but it's still a beautiful story, with beautiful narration. Recommended for young and old alike.


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A treat

This is one book that I appreciated hearing read aloud perhaps more than I would have actually reading it. The narration was so very skillful. I especially enjoyed hearing Mrs. Hoggett voiced. No, maybe Fly was my favorite. I can't decide. It was a lovely story, and I thank author and narrator for a delightful experience.

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  • 03-13-16

Hilarious

This is a great little book. Listen to it with your kids or on your own. Definitely a fun read!

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Just delightful!!

I very much enjoyed both the book and its performance! It's a lovely lesson on politeness and not being prejudiced, while at the same time being very entertaining and funny!

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Enjoyable Listen!

Quick Listen, was impressed by how closely the movie followed. The Chatty wife and her silent husband. Having the book to follow along is a great activity.

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Awesome

IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!! If you like sip rises or comity this is defiantly the book for you.

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  • 03-20-15

Pig Excellent Book

This is my favorite of all the children's books that I have heard so far. The story itself is simply delightful. The characters are well-read and developed. Stephen Thorne does an excellent job reading the characters in the story. It makes me feel like I am watching the movie Babe instead of listening to it. It is worth the price I paid for the audio book.

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Simply told tale, beautifully narrated.

This is a touching and funny story with a timeless quality. At times the language and tone are reminiscent of both Charlotte's Web and James Herriot's stories. Stephen Thorne's narration is perfect for this wonderful little book; I only wish Mary Rayner's line illustrations could somehow translate to audio as well.

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  • 07-23-22

Lovely done x

Lovely awesome wonderfully done - keeps attention for all ages (!) of this classic story on our long car journeys 🙌

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  • 05-06-21

Much better than the movie!

Loved it! An incredibly moving and entertaining story that can be enjoyed over and over.

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  • 11-06-20

A great book!

“Amazing! Fabulous!” Said my 9 year old and 7 year old when asked for their review.

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  • 02-26-18

Loved it!

My daughter loved this audiobook and could not wait to listen to it each night before bed.

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  • 09-20-22

short and sweet and awesome

I listen to this cos I needed something to make me smile and for the whole time that is what I have had on my face the biggest cheese smile anyone could ever have.
thank you very much for this book