War Horse Hardcover – 1 November 2010
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About the Author
Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won many awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play. Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate. Francois Place is a French author and illustrator specialising in children's literature. He wrote Les Dernier Geants (The Last Giants), a book which went on to win numerous awards. He has since won the Grand Prix de la foire de Bologne for l'Atlas des Geographes d'Orbae (The Atlas of the Geographers of Orbae) as well as winning a special award from Les Librairies Sorcieres. He lives in France.
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- Item Weight : 440 g
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405256354
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405256353
- Publisher : Egmont; 1st Edition (1 November 2010)
- Language: : English
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This story is told by the horse called Joey itself. His feelings,his pain, the bonds that he create in his journey.
At first he lives with a young boy named Albert ,eventually they both get seperated and the story is all about how they come to meet again.In between Joey meets another horse called Tipthorn and a girl named Emilie and there's a beautiful bond between these three.
As the description says *this horse goes through worst and best of humanity ,both war and peace.War scenes described are so stunning.
I would like to mention that it was a beautiful ending.From the first chapter I prepared myself for the horse to die. But it didn't, it was a happy ending . Loved it.
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Making Joey, the (war) horse, the narrator was a brilliant move on Michael Morpurgo's part, since it simultaneously encourages children to think about the effect of their actions on others (for who could not empathise with Joey?) and helps to show that neither humanity - nor not a lack of it - observes geographical or political borders.
Children will learn a lot about the First World War and readers young and old will appreciate the various roles of the horse in warfare on both sides. An excellent read.
Joey, the war horse, ends up as prisoner of war together with his friend Topthorn. They draw ambulances and get looked after at night by a French farmer and his grand-daughter. The soldiers do their best in caring for them too even though they have never taken care of horses before. But soon the horses are passed on to a Gunnery unit and there is no food for them, no shelter and no care. They are dispensable which soon means the death for many of them including Topthorn. Joey is lucky and flees from the front ending up in a British Veterinary unit where he can heal from wounds and wait out the war.
The book is very touching. I cried when Joey is re-united with the young farm-boy that he grew up with and once again at the end of the book. Few books do that to me. And it doesn't mean that the book had an unhappy ending!
The book makes you think about how war is started by men and fought by them but poor defenseless animals can't choose to join up themselves. Still they have been used in both WWs and while they have not understood what was going on, they have had to feel fear and have had to die painful deaths. They have been treated very poorly by some since not everyone KNOWS how to look after animals even though in charge of them, and people have always been considered more important when food and shelter are scarce. The book in other words make you think!