Spider Sparrow by Dick King-Smith

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3 hours, 26 mins.
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Spider Sparrow has always been different from other children.  He can't walk like them, he can't talk like them, he can't learn like them.  But Spider has a very special gift: He can perfectly imitate the sounds of animals, drawing them to him, soothing them.  Spider amazes himself when he uses his gift to hand-feed a fox.  He amazes others when he uses it to save a life.  And while Spider's world is sometimes difficult, he lives each day with enthusiasm, joy, and courage.
 

About Dick King-Smith

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Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. He was a farmer and a schoolteacher and he also served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II. King-Smith has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters and The Sheep Pig (aka Babe-The Gallant Pig), which was adapted as the 1995 film Babe. The 1995 TV miniseries The Queen's Nose was also based in one of his books. King-Smith was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1992 British Book Awards.
 
Published January 25, 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, War. Fiction

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With pitch-perfect prose, King-Smith unwinds a tale of a baby abandoned in a lambing pen and adopted by a childless shepherd and his wife. From early on, it's clear that Spider is not normal; his nick

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A childless shepherd and his wife adopt a baby abandoned in their lambing pen.

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Spider can mimic the sound of any bird or animal, and his affinity with creatures both wild and tame leads him into a number of quiet adventures as well as his calling as ""crowstarver"" (one whose job it is to scare off crows from newly planted fields) at Outoverdown Farm.

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In his own little world, surrounded by a host of wild animals, dogs, parents, and people who care for him, he is the happiest of souls.Here is an old-fashioned tale that starts between the two world wars and ends in the summer of 1942, taking Spider to early adulthood.

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