War Horse

War Horse

Book - 2011
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The book that inspired Steven Spielberg's Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show . . . it can only be Michael Morpurgo's War Horse.

In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. The bedlam of battle had begun. All around me men cried and fell to the ground, and horses reared and screamed in an agony of fear and pain. The shells whined and roared overhead, and every explosion seemed like an earthquake to us. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.

Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo, has written nearly 100 books for children, many of them war stories. But none have become as famous as War Horse. Inspiring a long-running stage show and a box office film directed by Steven Spielberg, War Horse has become an international sensation. Read the book that started it all; the stunning wartime classic.

ISBN: 9781405259415
Characteristics: 181 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,20 cm.


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VaughanPLDianeB May 18, 2019

I loved this very sad story. The author is able to relay the horrors of war in a direct yet non-graphic way, as told by the insightful horse, Joey. This is a great read to introduce young readers to a very different time in history. Joey's gentle and nuanced storytelling is also a good vehicle for showing kids how to be keen observers. Keep some tissues handy -- you may need one.

VaughanPLDonnalee Sep 25, 2018

War Horse is an excellent book. This book looks at World War 1 through the eyes of a horse who was reluctantly part of the war. It is a great book for introducing children to the horror of war, because it presents difficult subject matter in a sensitive and age-appropriate way. This is also a great book for encouraging empathy for animals. The book is fairly short and easy to read, but it packs a lot of impact and content into a very accessible narrative.

Berlysbooks Nov 17, 2017

This book details the difficult lives of horses drafted into the service for WWI from the perspective of one of these horses. Used like vehicles, pushed beyond their limits of endurance, carrying soldiers and pulling supplies through mud and freezing rain, the horses suffer in this book and some die, but it’s not all sad and this is a fantastic read: a realistic glimpse into the frontlines and the sacrifices made by horses forced to serve alongside soldiers.

Oct 04, 2017

I have read this book once for myself, once to a classroom, and once for my own children. I cried all three times. Great story for grade school aged kids.

Mar 17, 2017

Amazing story. I love how it is from the point of view of a horse. It is so innocent. I also love the neutrality of the book. Must read!

Mar 17, 2017

Great historical fiction

Dec 21, 2016

A great book that I read myself and have seen it being read in reading groups! Touching story that is a pleasure to read!

May 29, 2016

This is a really great book.

Aug 18, 2015

I read this before I saw the movie, and I hate to say it, but the movie was far better. I loved it though. A good book, easy read, but too much bad language for the age it was meant for.

sofialaveta Sep 05, 2014

This is one of the best books that I have read. I must admit that I usually read Sci-Fi or fantasy books but this is one that made my top ten. Even higher than Harry Potter!

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Jul 21, 2011

"Joey is a war horse, but he wasn't always. Once, long ago, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War 1 came along and changed everything. Albert's father sell Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off of battlefields. Among the clamoring of guns, and plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end. And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?"


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