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Cavall de guerra by Michael Morpurgo
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Cavall de guerra (original 1982; edition 2011)

by Michael Morpurgo, Mercè Santaulària (Translator)

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Member:sora91
Title:Cavall de guerra
Authors:Michael Morpurgo
Other authors:Mercè Santaulària (Translator)
Info:Barcelona : Estrella Polar, 2011
Collections:Leídos, Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:català, juvenil

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War horse by Michael Morpurgo (1982)

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    LipstickAndAviators: A similar tale of an animal going through various hardships, many different masters and lots of adventures. The setting is very different, being about dogs pulling sleds in the North of America during the goldrush but the strains that the characters (both animals and humans) are under are very similar. I think Morpurgo was obviously drawing inspiration from this book when he wrote WarHorse.… (more)
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This book is very well-written. It follows a horse through the joys and heartbreaks of travel and family. A great story that really draws you in. 4Q3P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this to middle school students. I chose to read this book because I love animals and was captured by the first line, wanting to know more about the gangly colt. IrelandA
  edspicer | Aug 10, 2014 |
I've been curious about this book since its dramatization on both stage and film. With this year being the centenary of World War I, it seemed a good time to read it. For a very short book aimed at a young audience, it was surprisingly thought-provoking and moving. Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the British army at the start of the war, leaving the farmer's young son Albert behind. Joey serves as a cavalry horse and an artillery horse, and experiences the war from both the British and German sides. He is affected by both human and animal loss, due to combat and poor living conditions.

The story is told entirely from Joey's perspective. Some events are only loosely explained, because Joey doesn't fully understand what is happening around him. The spare narrative actually heightens the emotional impact for the reader, making this book a unique way to expose the folly of war. ( )
  lauralkeet | Aug 3, 2014 |
The atrocities of WWI as told from an equine perspective. Being that, the story lacks the gruesome harshness as war stories often have. Instead, the focus is upon the interaction and companionship between the men and these beasts, the war horses. ( )
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
A horse named Joey is taken away from his owner Albert and put in the war. Over the years Albert is looking for Joey and finally enlists in the army so he has a better chance at finding him.
  ashleyann65 | Jul 1, 2014 |
I think that this story would be interesting for middle schoolers to read, giving them a bit of history of World War I. This would make a good chapter book to read aloud to students.
  charlottestudent | Jun 8, 2014 |
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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?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:40:44 -0400)

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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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