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Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr Since he was a young colt, Joey has Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Children's eBooks. Jan 15, War Horse Book by Michael Morpurgo: War Horse Ebook Free To Download. Download War Horse Books by Michael Morpurgo Free | Books. Jun 18, The Great Horse; or, The War Horse by Sir Walter Gilbey. Book Cover. Download; Bibrec Download This eBook.

In , Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. You might also like: Release Date: Listen to the Audiobook.

I have always been a skeptic of people's true intention and although War Horse can be mawkish, at times slightly unbelievable, the bond and connection between animals and humans while blood was meaninglessly shed, were heartrending. I sniffed and got teary-eyed at some parts of the story, these being view spoiler [Joey and Albert's reunion hide spoiler ] and view spoiler [Topthorn's eventual death hide spoiler ]. I try my best to avoid books focusing on animals but sometimes I have to give in.

Lastly, it's impossible to refute animals' impact, I believe, just like nature have, on our little human lives. My copy is a Folio Society Edition where the stunning illustrations made reading War Horse a personal and engaging experience: Nov 12, Manybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: For while many if not perhaps even a majority of the soldiers, the enlisted men although they generally engage in their so-called duties without rebellion or complaint would rather the war were over, would rather perhaps even not consider their counterparts across the trenches as enemies, the officers generally frown upon this attitude, and the German and British governments actually both seem to want and desire the war to continue unabated or at least, it certainly appears as though this is the very much case.

And truly, the Welsh soldier who rescues Joey when the war horse becomes trapped in No Man's Land clearly underscores the above and salient, frustrating factoid of war when he points out to a German soldier who is also trying to rescue Joey that if it were up to the individual soldiers both German and British the whole war, which he rightfully labels a wretched mess, could likely be over and sorted out in record time, and there would be no more weeping widows, no more crying children and no more horses used as basically cannon fodder, worked into the ground until they either collapse or are horribly injured, are killed in battle.

WWI, but actually ANY war, period, is thus and fortunately portrayed by the author as never in any way glorious, as always utter madness and wanton destruction, as an all-encompassing evil that serves no purpose except death and mayhem. Morpurgo's War Horse presents an evocative, poignant and brilliant anti-war message, whilst also showing that historically, the so called Great War WWI was also not the fault of any one country, that it was a lethal and dangerous horror for which ALL of Europe, but especially the respective governments, the higher ups, from ranking army officers to the various European heads of state should blamed, should be held equally accountable.

This is a double wow book for me! Joey, the war horse, tells about his adventures during World War 1 and the special bond he has with a young boy named Albert. At only pages or so, it goes very fast. I loved it! I look forward to seeing the movie which is coming out on Christmas. Gerard's review War Horse is a touching book that kept my interest all through.

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Although it is a children's book, I enjoyed it but must admit I got teary-eyed reading it. Parts were very sad but I loved the ending! Joey, the horse, tells his story about living on a farm with a boy named Albert and then being sold to the army because Albert's dad needed money to save his farm. The horse goes through a lot but Albert never gives up looking for him. Karen's review See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: Naturally, when I learned of its origins, I had to read the book as well!

While this point-of-view may be slightly limiting as it leaves out a lot of human emotion, I appreciated how it simplified the narration and actually made everything come across more bluntly. Just like humans, Joey and the other horses felt and experienced raw emotions throughout the war. Fear, anxiety, comradery, sacrifice--however, they came across without jadedness. Unlike humans, animals feel emotions without complications.

The main point about this book that I love is the theme of human value. Everyone had a sense of general right and wrong and understood the fact that war is ugly, traumatic, complicated, and tiresome.

As he did so he held out his other hand in a gesture of friendship and reconciliation, a smile lighting his worn face. God only knows why we do it, and I think he has maybe forgotten why. Goodby Welshman. We have shown them that any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other.

That is all it needs, no?


Comparably, the theme of friendship is very strong. Deep friendships between men, horses, and men to horses, exist in several examples. I believe this is the aspect which makes this book so emotional because the deepness of affection between characters in untainted ways is tangible. This book is devastatingly heart-wrenching at times but makes you feel so good at others. It was a refreshing read and completely cleansed my palate. This book is aimed at children to young adults, but can easily be read and appreciated by someone of any age.

I would highly recommend this read to anyone. Sexual content: None at all. Seeing how this book is about WWI, the evidence of violence is there.

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However, the author does a wonderful job in its portrayal and steers clear of gore, unnecessarily graphic scenes, and the like. My Rating: I read this with my 12 year old son. Heartwarming stuff! There may have been a few tears This was probably not intended as a children's book, it has plenty for the adult reader, offering more depth than many books written for adults for adults. The narrative style is sufficiently engaging that it has great potential for reading at a single sitting.

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? 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. He coughed intermittently all night and slept only fitfully.

I worried over him, nuzzling him and licking him to try to keep him warm and to reassure him that he was not alone in his pain. This is a children's book which I picked up completely by chance. I am currently studying Graphic Design and there happens to be a project which requires illustrating this book and so naturally I had to read it in order to know how to illustrate it, and my goodness I am so happy I did choose to pick this up!!

This is a story which is told from the point of view of a Horse named Joey. I wouldn't have expected a book described in that way to come across as well and as emotionally as it has, but hon This is a children's book which I picked up completely by chance.

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I wouldn't have expected a book described in that way to come across as well and as emotionally as it has, but honestly it was moving, touching and definitely had my eyes brimming with tears at the end.

This deals with the story of a horse who gets pulled into the madness of the War and the various place, people and tragedies he becomes entangled with. Right from the outset it is sad, and gut-wrenching with some reference to drunkards and war, but oh wow does it get more bleak. We see betrayal, sadness, death, injury and loneliness not just for Joey but also for those he meets along the way and it's really tragic.

This story, despite being only pages, it flawless. We see tenderness and love towards our creature, but also horrors and atrocities, and it's all blended in such a way that you can never tell if it will be happy or sad in the end. I have to say it's just beautifully paced and the story never felt rushed or overdone. On the whole, this is a beautifully thought-provoking story which deals with some very real themes in a way that enables younger readers to approach and understand the topics.

It's not just a book for younger readers though, I have only just read it and I am 21, and it really hit me, so it's a book I'd certainly recommend. A solid 4. I think I will need to take the raw emotion I felt whilst reading and try to channel it into the images Feb 08, Dillon rated it really liked it. I love this book! I read it about a month ago and it melted my heart.

The book takes place during World War I and is from the view of Horses who are put in battle. The main horse was taken from his friend who is a farm boy. The book is sad and I loved it when the Horse was being taken care of by one of the army men. This is a short book and I would highly recommend it. Thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this book. View 2 comments. Jan 11, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: A story of war told through the perspective of Joey - a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, brought up on a farm then sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front in Fundamentally, this is what this book describes: And because they are seen from the perspective of an animal, they are told in a simple straightforward way that will go straight to the heart of any reader.

God only knows why we do it, and I think He has maybe forgotten why. From the time I saw and loved the movie adaptation quite a few years ago , I've been wanting to read the book. And now that I have, I must say - I loved the book even more than the movie!! If you love horses, you have got to read this!! Sep 14, Hope rated it really liked it Shelves: This book, y'all. This book is simply amazing. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and action-packed and all in all fantastic.

While the writing style is simplistic and almost middle-grade in nature, the plot is most definitely not. It forces the reader to face complex issues like the passing away of tradition and how war used to be fought.

How we now see war--as a bloody, heartless machine--is just beginning to emerge. While war was still brutal can we talk about all the gassing that went on in t This book, y'all. While war was still brutal can we talk about all the gassing that went on in this war?? We have the beginnings of tanks and machine guns, both of which are super destructive during this war.

Sorry to give you guys a history lesson, but I think this book so eloquently talks about these issues. This book isn't a light, fluffy read by any means. It's hard. We see the hardships and fears of war up close.

Most of the violence is off-screen and there are definitely some scenes that should be skipped or glazed over for younger kids. But there is also some good. This book does a good job of looking at the humanity of both sides. Both sides see the tragedy and ugly parts of the war. Both sides wish to protect their homes yet quickly return to the way things were. Both sides wish that innocents weren't involved in such a disgusting display. This book is one of my favorites because of its complexity and heaviness.

It's heartbreaking and ends on a bittersweet note spoilers?? I would totally recommend this to a history buff or someone looking for an eye-opening read. View all 3 comments. Morpurgo at his best - not to be missed! And so much better than the Hollywood film. Apr 19, Tristan Robin Blakeman rated it really liked it. Very interesting book I am familiar with the play, so I knew the basic plot line.

I wish I had read the book first But, that's okay. It's really a small story - even though it's played against the world stage during intense and climatic moments. It was a surprise to find the book is w Very interesting book It was a surprise to find the book is written in the first person - by the horse!

Now, if I had known that, I might not have read it it's just too cute an idea for me , and I would have been the real loser. Because it is completely believable and the way Joey the war horse reacts to people and other horses gives him a well-defined and completely rounded character.

I truly care about this horse. The writing is crisp and clean. No messy, paragraph-long descriptions of the battlegrounds or the lovely British countryside where the story begins and ends - yet, it is pitch perfect worded in a way that you can see every detail.

The emotions of both people and horses are handled in the same efficient and heart felt way. This isn't a war story, a horse story, a kid's story, a soldier's story - it a story of dignified loyalty and love that is rarely told as well. Apr 26, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked it. War Horse is the first book I had to read for my new teaching job and I can only describe it as my students did: The horse, in this case, goes by the name of Joey and the reader observes Joey being sold to an owner, who treats him poorly but who has a son who he respects as his master.

This master, a young teenager by War Horse is the first book I had to read for my new teaching job and I can only describe it as my students did: This master, a young teenager by the name of Albert, is devastated when Joey is sold and sent to help the war effort and the rest of the book's plot really follows Joey.

You see World War One from another perspective and see the whole devastation from both the view of man and horse. War Horse is in fact a children's novel. However the richness of the story and the simple way in which Michael Morpurgo tells his tale is far from just for children. This is a war novel to match The Book Thief for simple elegance and one I highly recommend reading for the way in which Morpurgo chronicles the effects of war on every living thing. My students are reading it to consider themes such as heroism, romanticism and the death of the age of chivalry yet I think there is even more for anyone else to consider.

I thought the movie was just OK since Hollywood rarely does horses well. The incessant snorting about drove me crazy, so when I ran across this audio book at the library, I thought I'd see if the book was better.

It reminds me a lot of "Black Beauty" since it is told from the horse's point of view. Better yet, it' I thought the movie was just OK since Hollywood rarely does horses well. Better yet, it's short, so there is no excuse not to read this. Go get it now. Apparently I never got around to a review for this.

I remember it as a beautifully told story from the point of view of a horse, similarly to Black Beauty, who gets pulled into military service during WWI. It really shows how ghastly the Great War was, and the animal's connection to his riders and his original owner broke my heart. The film was well done and I still want to see the stage play. Feb 19, Seeker of dreams rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a short read, but a beautiful story.

I especially liked the fact that it was from the view of the horse. His descriptions of how he felt were done very well. I felt his pain and joy. Great book, but I loved the movie more.

Dec 14, Stephen Robert Collins rated it it was amazing. This was my Top Book of out of over books.

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The only puzzling thing for me was how the horse could understand more than one language. Readers Also Enjoyed. Young Adult. About Michael Morpurgo. Michael Morpurgo. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in , he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write.

He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals.

In this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were invested a Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE for services to youth. He was knighted in the for his services to literature and charity. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books.

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With guest… Read More. Michael Morpurgo in concert this Autumn and Christmas! About the show: Over these last ten years and more I have often been asked: As the… Read More. War Horse Returns to the Stage: War Horse puppets to be auctioned for charity Puppets from the successful stage play War Horse are to be sold for charity. The puppets are being sold in aid of the Handspring Trust, a charity for puppet theatre arts.

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