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Five O'Clock Charlie by Marguerite Henry

Five O'Clock Charlie (1962)

by Marguerite Henry

Other authors: Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)

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This is a cute book about a horse named Charlie. His owner believes he is too old and tired to keep working so he places him in a pasture to let him rest. The rest of the book goes through Charlie's adventure of finding a new routine.
This book has great illustrations and would be an ideal book for children in lower elementary grades. ( )
  megangreenhill | Sep 1, 2016 |
This is a book that my siblings and I read when we were children. I just now recently re-read it, and it's full of sentimental charm. I was rooting for the horse to escape and find some happiness in places he loved and remembered. In a way, this story is more for older folk, than younger folk, because the older you are, the more you can sympathize with Charlie. Old Folk don't want to be put out to pasture until they are good and ready! ( )
  glanecia | Aug 4, 2014 |
Elderly Charlie has been retired by his owner. His own pasture and a tree for shade should provide a well-deserved rest for the old fellow. But Charlie misses his daily routine -- especially the hot, sweet, berry tarts from his friend Birdie, the tavern cook.

What's a little fence to a big, strapping, not-so-very-old-as-he-looks fellow like Charlie? Not much! Charlie begins escaping from his retirement pasture daily, and soon has a new/old routine to keep to.

Wonderful illustrations, and a charming story. This was a much-loved favorite among the many Margueritte Henry books on my shelves. ( )
  SunnySD | Nov 23, 2007 |
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Charlie was a big old work horse with sad brown eyes and shaggy feathers on his feet.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689718713, Paperback)

Charlie's not old! So what if he's 28 and most people consider that a little old for a horse. When his rheumatism isn't acting up, he's as frisky as any young colt. And he's certainly not ready for retirement. Charlie can tackle any tough job that comes his way.

Unfortunately, Mr. Spinks, Charlie's owner, doesn't quite agree. So he makes Charlie take a permanent, though well-deserved, vacation. Poor Charlie is bored to death!

But then Charlie discovers there is something he can do. Maybe retirement isn't so boring after all!?!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:44 -0400)

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Charlie, a farm horse, finds retirement boring until he discovers something new and important to do.

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