Dick King-Smith


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in Gloucestershire, England, The United Kingdom
March 27, 1922

Died
January 05, 2011

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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 writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys 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 is Babe, The Gallant Pig, which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Dick lived with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.
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Babe: The Gallant Pig

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The Water Horse

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A Mouse Called Wolf

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The Hodgeheg

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Martin's Mice

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Pigs Might Fly

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Sophie's Snail (Sophie, #1)

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Harry's Mad

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The School Mouse

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“Patience is a virtue,
Virtue is a grace.
Grace is a little girl
Who would not wash her face.”
Dick King-Smith, Lady Daisy

“I do not blench at nature red in tooth and claw... And much as I love The Wind in the Willows and the works of Beatrix Potter, I never dress my animals in clothes... They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the Queen's English.”
Dick King-Smith

“That'll do, Pig. That'll do. -Farmer Hogget”
Dick King-Smith, Babe: The Gallant Pig

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