Nine-year-old Ned faces a lot of teasing when he decides to keep a Victorian doll that speaks only to him.
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books. Dick wrote mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoyed writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does. Among his well-loved books are Babe: The Gallant Pig, which was made into a major motion picture and was nominated for an Academy Award.From AudioFile:
Dick King Smith writes about children with the same gentle humor and insight he uses for animal stories, THE SHEEP PIG(aka BABE), MARTIN'S MINE, etc. Nine-year-old Ned is primarily interested in improving his skills as a soccer goalie until he encounters a Victorian doll in his grandmother's attic. Nigel Lambert portrays Ned with a perfect touch of uncertainty, reflecting his unease at finding himself beguiled by a doll. Subtlety is an asset, and Nigel Lambert, narrator of many of KinG Smith's titles, employs just the right amount of delight and restraint. His children's voices are believable, and ages are well defined. Except for having to remember that "football" equates to American soccer, young children and parents will enjoy the tale. R.F.W. A 1996 ALA Notable Recording, 1996 (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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