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A letter of note from children's author, Dick King-Smith

Junior's Catherine Hudson recently rediscovered replies to letters she wrote, as a child, to world-renowned children's authors. Here, in the third of the series, is a reply from the late Dick King-Smith OBE...

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Author of such literary modern classics as The Queen's Nose, The Hodgeheg and, his first book, The Fox Busters, the works of the late Dick King-Smith OBE are firm favourites on many a child's bookshelf. He is perhaps best known for his novel, The Sheep Pig, which was transformed for the silver screen as Babe.

Reading the letter he wrote in reply to our intrepid, young interviewer, he reveals that his dear wife was his biggest critic: "[She] helps me a lot by listening and telling me when I'm writing rubbish." 

Encouraging your children to write with questions to their favourite authors makes a great alternative to digital entertainment, expands an inquisitive nature and can help with handwriting skills. Plus, receiving a reply via post is very exciting indeed.

Don't miss the first Letter of Note in the series, from The Jolly Postman author, Allan Ahlberg, and the second, from The Worst Witch author, Jill Murphy

Did you have a favourite author as a child? Do you read their stories to your children now? Let us know, by commenting below...


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