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War Horse


Sold to a drunken farmer, Joey, a beautiful red-bay foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, finds a friend in the farmer's son, Albert. His father ... Show synopsis

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  • Lovely Feb 12, 2013
    by Tarissa

    War Horse just recently became a favorite book of mine. It is a story that connects generations of readers together. The simple writing style about the war is beautifully done.

    The story is told from the point of view of Joey, a horse who grows up on the farm with his favorite boy, Albert, living each day peacefully as it breezes by. Later, Joey is forced to perform the grueling and crippling work of a war horse. In some ways, this book could be compared to Black Beauty, also told through the eyes of a horse. But this story focuses on terrible war, and the predicaments that no human or animal should ever have to endure. Yes, there is much bloodshed and conflict in the book, but it is still fit to be a good children's story, especially for young adventurous readers.

    Ah! I do believe I've read the first page at least half a dozen times. My favorite sentences from the first page are quoted below:

    "My earliest memories are a confusion of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head." .... "I was not yet six months old, a gangling, leggy colt who had never been farther than a few feet from his mother."

    Horses were an important deciding factor of who would win the battles during World War I. Without horses, the soldiers couldn't move machinery, gather the dead, or charge the enemy. Horses were a must-have, no matter which side of the battle you were on. That is why Joey was such an important horse.

    "No horse, no guns. No horse, no ammunition. No horse, no cavalry. No horse, no ambulances. No horse, no water for the troops at the front."

    This is a very enjoyable book! I think I may have to read it again someday.

  • very good Jul 5, 2012
    by Bonnie M

    this was a very good story and I enjoyed every minute of it. hard to put down

  • good book Mar 15, 2012
    by Meryl F

    I enjoyed this book (had not seen the movie) and was a little afraid it was going to be very sad. However since it is written for young persons - though I still found it a good read- it is not overly sentimental and gives a good account of the life of the horse and some of the tribulations of war.

  • Factual Story Mar 8, 2012
    by Mary Russell D

    A very powerful book, heart wrenching but full of a great love of the War Horse

  • Aug 18, 2011
    by Lisa C

    Wonderful book - a real joy. Cannot wait for the film.

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