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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Saturday Rave: The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith

Sometimes you need a mystery to draw you through a book, and sometimes all you need is the hope of a happily-ever-after.

The Sheep Pig is a fine example of the happily-ever-after type of story.

The book is full of characters to love, admire, and care about.  There's lots of fun, although it's not all happy all the way through.

Even in the first hour he learned a number of useful lessons, as the puppies had learned before him: that cats scratch and hens peck, that turning your back on the turkey-cock means getting your bottom bitten, that chicks are not for chasing and eggs are not for eating.

But Babe the pig knows something that even Mum the sheepdog has never learned.

It gives him a chance to save his bacon.

Word To Use Today: pig. This word first appeared, as pigge, in the 1200s.

No one has any idea at all from where it came.

1 comment:

  1. One of the very best children's books. And I love the word pig because no one knows its origin. How wonderful.