Babe: The Gallant Pig - Mary Rayner, Dick King-Smith

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."