I was utterly charmed by the film based on this book, and the tale itself is just delightful.
Babe is won by Farmer Hoggett at the local fair, and soon becomes of favorite not only of the Hoggetts but also of the animals on their farm. Sheepdog Fly takes care of him along with her puppies, and Babe is inspired to become a sheep-pig.
The book is illustrated with sweet pencil sketches, and would be a nice read-aloud book for parents to share with children, or for young readers to tackle as one of their first "chapter books."
"Mercy" is a short biography of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh, aimed at the mid-grade set. Because it deals with animal cruelty, it is not always an easy or pleasant read.
Nevertheless, it paints a picture of the times in which Bergh lived and how unusual it was for anyone in his high social position to speak up on behalf of animals.
The book also contains some informative sidebars about contemporary historical figures like P.T. Barnum and Louisa May Alcott, as well as things like the history of political cartoons and circuses.
The watercolor illustrations are appropriate for a book aimed at younger readers, and there are also some excellent historical photographs included to show the basis for the interior paintings.
Nicely done, and a good introduction to the historical importance of the anti-cruelty movement.
I re-read this book for the first time in many years. I had forgotten how utterly charming the tales of Toad, Mole, Rat and friends are!
The little woodland animals have many an adventure -- particularly Toad, with his fascination for the (novel at the time the book was written) new motor cars.
The book is a delightful tale about friendship at the very bottom, and I highly recommend that parents share it with their children.
This is a book of cute stories that Terry Pratchett wrote over the years and only curated a little bit before his death. They range from the initial tales of The Carpet People through stories of the people of Gritshire and Blackbury (who seem to have a great many travel adventures. There are dragons, knights, abominable snowmen ... you name it, there's an adventure for it.
The stories are appropriate for children, although they have puns that adults will find amusing on top of the clever story-telling. The illustrations add to the enjoyment.