Sophie wants to be a lady farmer when she grows up, and she
has a large collection of animals. She already has herds of
insects, a rabbit and a cat and now she has a puppy too -
Puddles the terrier has joined the family, named and trained
by Sophie. But now she's discovered pony riding...
Sophie stories, written by Dick King-Smith, are perennial
classics, loved by generations of children. These tales follow
the adventures of a confident, animal-loving little girl,
who has many exciting adventures.
the years King-Smith has produced a total of six books featuring
Sophie. These include Sophie's Snail (1988); Sophie
Hits Six (1991); Sophie's Tom (1991); Sophie
in the Saddle (1993); Sophie Is Seven (1994); and
Sophie's Lucky (1995).
King-Smith's most famous book is The Sheep-Pig. No? None the
wiser? If I was to tell you that it was republished as Babe
the Gallant Pig...? Yes, that's right we've got him to
thank for the movie Babe.
in the Saddle is an entertaining tale. Sophie has travelled
Cornwall for the summer holidays, she stays on a farm, meets
some new friends and starts riding lessons. She also learns
to swim, encounters an old enemy on the beach and has her
first ever horseback ride on Bumblebee, a grey pony: she turns
out to be a natural rider. When she learns that riding lessons
are very expensive, she is sad to have to stop until next
summer - but luckily Aunt Al comes to the rescue.
CD is read by Bernard Cribbins. And I can think of no one
better to bring this story to life than him. I have fond memories
of hearing his voice reading audio cassettes when I was a
young girl and it's great to see that he is still entertaining
a new generation of small children with his perfect delivery.
in the Saddle is the perfect CD for a young horse-crazy
girl - or any young child who enjoys a good old fashioned