Term 6 – Dick King-Smith
Dick King-Smith has been chosen as Author of the Term by Mrs Kirley as she has very fond memories of meeting Dick King-Smith as a child. Dick King-Smith was born Bitton, Bristol and Mrs Kirley went to primary school with Dick King-Smith’s grandchildren. Whilst on Brownie Camp, Mrs Kirley and the other Brownies were surprised with a visit from the famous author who read a story to all the children. Mrs Kirley has a photograph of herself and Dick King-Smith which she will share here very soon!
You can visit the official Dick King-Smith website to find out interesting facts about his life. https://www.dickkingsmith.com/
Dick King-Smith is the author of over 100 children’s stories. He won many awards, including the 1984 Guardian Children’s Book Award for The Sheep-Pig, Children’s Author of the Year at the 1991 British Book Awards and the Children’s Book Award for Harriet’s Hare in 1995, as well as a number of honorary degrees from different universities. He was appointed OBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours.
You may recognise many of his books.
TV and Film
Some of Dick King-Smith’s most popular stories have been made into TV series and films. You may have watched some of them already. Follow this link to find out more and watch some clips. https://www.dickkingsmith.com/tv-and-film/
Mrs Kirley’s favourites are Babe and The Queen’s Nose (which she watched after a busy day at primary school!)
Babe, a friendly pig, is raised by sheepdogs and learns how to herd sheep much to the surprise of Farmer Hoggett.
Melody Parker is granted wishes when she rubs the Queen’s nose on a fifty pence coin.