Ever since she was four years old, Sophie has wanted to be a lady farmer. She has been collecting animals, and so far her menagerie consists of snails, centipedes, a white rabbit, a black cat, and a puppy named Puddle. Now Sophie is saving money in her piggy bank to buy her own farm, but when she adds it up she only has £12.60. She must think of ways to raise more funds!
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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 Booklist:
Gr. 2^-4. Think of Sophie as a slightly plump, more determined, British Ramona. In her fourth appearance, Sophie, now nearly seven, is still fixed on owning a farm and farm animals, but she's also headed for riding lessons. The lessons actually arrive late in the book, after readers have followed Sophie through a classroom unit on farm life and numerous fund-raising ventures. Her trenchant discussion of cows, udders, and "you have to have a bull" is memorable. Neither Sophie's personality nor King-Smith's prose are fluffy or fussy; everything seems just right. Fans of the previous books will be well pleased. Mary Harris Veeder
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