We finished Babe: The Gallant Pig
about mid-week and I must say again that I found the book to be much more charming and meaningful than the movie (which I also enjoyed). I felt that I knew the characters of Fly, Ma, Babe, and Farmer Hoggett much more so from the book than in the movie. As with Charlotte’s Web, Hannah and I were both sad when the book was over.
As we neared the final chapters of Babe, I went to Amazon and started looking for other age-appropriate books about a pig that we could add to our story time. Much to my delight I found another book by Dick King-Smith, entitled Ace: The Very Important Pig. As I read the description, I discovered that Ace was the great-grandson of Babe and knew I had found our next book. Unfortunately it’s out of print in hardcover, but Amazon had a used copy for about $3 with free shipping. Besides being about Babe’s great-grandson, I was especially intrigued to see a Pembroke Welsh Corgi featured on the cover with Ace. (Some of my readers will recall that my mom had a Corgi named Scooter).
So, a couple of nights ago we started reading about Ace: The Very Important Pig, and while it won’t be the classic that Charlotte’s Web has become, it is a fun story and Hannah and I are enjoying Ace and his adventures on Farmer Tubbs’ farm.
I am not having much success in finding another pig-based chapter book for kids, so perhaps our summer of swine will end with Ace. Regardless, I am certain we will find other books to enjoy together, though we will always fondly remember our pig-themed summer of 2012.