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War Horse: (Movie Cover) [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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Nov. 1 2011
The powerful story of a young horse called Joey who is taken from a farm in Devon to serve with the British Cavalry in World War I.
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Like Morpurgo's Private Peaceful (2004), this searing World War I novel reveals the unspeakable slaughter of soldiers on all sides fighting against people who are just like them. The story is told by an English farm horse, Joey, and, as in Cynthia Kadahota's Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam (2007), the first-person narrative blends the animal's physical experience with what men say. On the farm, Joey has close ties to Albert, who is too young to join up when his dad first sells Joey to the army. Charging into battle under machine-gun fire, Joey is captured by the Germans, who train him to haul ambulances and guns. His reunion with Albert in battle is sentimental and contrived, but the viewpoint brings close the fury of the thundering guns, the confusion, and the kindness of enemies who come together in No Man's Land to save the wounded horse. Joey's ability to understand the language wherever he is--England, France, Germany--reinforces the novel's antiwar message, and the terse details speak eloquently about peace. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won countless awards. He is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly Children's Laureate for the United Kingdom. In 2011, War Horse was made into a feature film, directed by Steven Speilberg.Rae Smith is a critically-acclaimed stage designer in Britain. For her work on the War Horse stage play, Rae Smith won an Olivier and a Tony award for the London and Broadway productions, respectively. Her theatre designs are frequently seen at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in a variety of experimental theatre companies throughout the United Kingdom. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure from my childhood Dec 17 2003
By Kirby
Format:Paperback
Wow! What a thrill to find this book still available after over 40 years! I read it repeatedly when I was in about 4th grade. It says a lot about the quality of the story that it has stuck with me all these years. It really showed me at a young age the suffering that some animals must endure, and the quiet patience and courage with which they endure it. I can still picture Joey struggling in thick mud to pull his load. And even as young as I was, it made me understand more what my older uncles had experienced in WW1. I am definitely getting this for the kiddies, but before I give it to them, I am going to read it again myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Joey's Perspective" Jan. 30 2012
Format:Paperback
This story is written from the perspective of the horse "Joey" and how the horse views his owners and what is going on around him. Good descriptions of rural England, and also of World War One in France - and what Joey's part was when working for the British troops and also from the time he was working for the German troops. One is always rooting for Joey ...right up to the end of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love horses April 4 2014
By monny
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read the book and also got the dvd, this story is one of my all time favourites. it takes your heart and twists it. war is hateful and the boy and this proud horse love each other to the end. I have watched the movie twice . and I will read the book again soon.
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