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Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo

Warhorse (original 1982; edition 2010)

by Michael Morpurgo (Author)

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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (1982)

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This story was told by "Joey" a horse and the main character in the story. Joey, a very young horse, is purchased by a farmer at an auction who really can not afford him. His son, Albert, loves him, trains him, is raised with him and thinks of him as his own. When war breaks out, Albert's dad is in danger of losing the farm, so he sells Joey to the calvary. Joey becomes a warhorse. The rest of the story is his trials and tribulations while at war and his "owner's" stories as well. Albert, who was too young to join the military when Joey was sold, never gives up hope that he will find Joey and bring him home. A story of war told from a totally different perspective which may bring tears to your eyes. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
The movie was amazing and the book was even better. I love reading this book to my 6th grade students. Joey, bought at auction by Albert's drunk dad, is sold into the army. This is the amazing story of Joey surviving the way, meeting nice and not-so-nice people along the way, but always remembering his magical relationship with Albert. I love reading this book to my students and exposing them to a beautiful historical fiction story, but also a story about friendship and relationships with pets (animals). ( )
  mandieh | Jan 16, 2019 |
his book is set in World War One and follows an enlisted horse named Joey. This is a well thought out an executed period book mostly from the perspective of the main character, the horse. The war was a bloody one and in many of the scenes it is very apparent how ruthless and savage the war truly was. It begins alright as Albert Narracott, a kind farm boy, trains the horse to work on the farm. However, Alberts mean spirited father sells Joey to the British during the beginning phases of the war. You get a real sense of the mud and grime of the war as time goes on. Many of Joey’s owners perish and it becomes brutally apparent that World War One was something that no one wanted to participate in. The political leanings of the novel showed both the British, French, and German sides of the war.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
The narration of War Horse is similar to Black Beauty. It is told from the perspective of the horse. It's the story of a farm horse who is loved fiercely by a boy, then sold by his father to the British Army during WW1. The majority of the book is about the war from the perspective of the horse, Joey. He serves as both a calvary horse and a cart horse. He changes hands between the English and Germans twice before a chance encounter reunites him with the boy who raised him.

Though there are details about the war and the role Joey played, Joey's relationships with other horses and people are what will endear you to the story. You may even find yourself fighting back tears. You don't have to be a horse fan to enjoy it. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
Excellent book ( )
  avatar74 | May 15, 2018 |
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Place, FrancoisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head.
Author's note: In the old school they use now for the village hall, below the clock that has stood always at one minute past ten, hangs a small dusty painting of a horse.
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Sad book full of ever lasting friendship and sorrow. Probably a drama
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439796636, Hardcover)

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

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World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again.… (more)

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