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War Horse (1982)

by Michael Morpurgo

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Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.
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    Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell (kaledrina)
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    The Call of the Wild by Jack London (LipstickAndAviators)
    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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    Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (TheLittlePhrase)
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    War Dog by Martin Booth (jordantaylor)
    jordantaylor: Both books are told from the voice of an animal serving in one of the World Wars. "War Horse" is about a horse caught up in WWI France, "War Dog" is about a dog in WWII France, England, and Italy.
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    Tank Commander by Ronald Welch (AbigailAdams26)
    AbigailAdams26: "Tank Commander" and "War Horse" both address the horrors of WWI, and would make good companion pieces for one another, for young people studying what is sometimes called "the first modern war." One focuses on the development of a new form of warfare, the other harks back to a traditional form (the use of horses/cavalry).… (more)

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A friend loaned me a copy after seeing the stage production of this story in London. Very engaging narrative told from first-horse perspective. ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
No author that I have read brings stories of war to children as well as Morpurgo does. This excellent novel tells the story of a horse and it's journey from the farm yard to the battle field and beyond. Beautifully realized. ( )
  Susan-Pearson | Feb 23, 2023 |
2.5 Stars ( )
  Mrs_Tapsell_Bookzone | Feb 14, 2023 |
I had seen the movie a few years ago and loved it, so I had to read the book. It is a touching story of friendship. It is also historical fiction about World War I, told from the perspective of Joey the horse. Joey is shipped across the English Channel to France and participates in the last cavalry charge. He witnesses trench warfare, is captured by Germans, and spends time with a French farming family. He encounters both kind and mean-spirited people on both sides. I think employing the horse’s perspective helps dilute the horrors of war in a way that younger people can learn the history of the era without becoming overwhelmed. It is an anti-war story that portrays the impact on both people and animals. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
A powerful read about a horse and his boy. ( )
  Bookslesstravelled | Apr 15, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morpurgo, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bos, TjallingTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Egeraat, Els vanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorthuis, HenriëtteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Place, FrancoisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, DanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiliam, CasiaTranslatorsecondary 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.
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Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

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Sad book full of ever lasting friendship and sorrow. Probably a drama
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