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Charlie's not old! So what if he's 28 and most people consider that a little old for a horse. When his rheumatism isn't acting up, he's as frisky as any young colt. And he's certainly not ready for retirement. Charlie can tackle any tough job that comes his way.

Unfortunately, Mr. Spinks, Charlie's owner, doesn't quite agree. So he makes Charlie take a permanent, though w

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Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Aladdin (first published September 1st 1962)
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Rena Sherwood
"Five O'clock Charlie" (Simon and Schuster, 1962) is one of the most beloved children's books by prolific American author Marguerite Henry (1902 - 1997). The story was not a new one to avid Henry readers. A version appeared in "Album of Horses" in 1951 under the chapter entitled "The Routine of Happiness", but this version was simplified and twisted around to make it more accessible to younger readers.

"Five O'clock Charlie" has been reprinted many times. To find a first edition hardback is a tre
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Abigail Larsen
Nov 17, 2013 Abigail Larsen rated it it was amazing
A 28-year-old draft horse, Charlie is consigned to permanent retirement in an old field. Mr. Spinks thinks he’s doing his horse a favor, but life feels long and boring to Charlie, who still has plenty of spunk to be used when his rheumatism isn’t bothering him. He misses the days when he and Mr. Spinks would head to the local pub at 5:00 PM sharp for Bertie’s fresh apple tarts. One day, Charlie finds within himself the energy to jump the fence and trot to the pub’s the swing-in, swing-out window ...more
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Jan 28, 2016 Janice L Kohl rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Janice by: Logos Library
Enjoy reading this illustrated book to kids. As enjoyable for the adult reader as the listening children. Picture of a small town and the people who lives there.
Jessica
Mar 09, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Love this illustrated story of an old cart horse who refuses to retire . . . and give up getting his favorite treats down at the local inn.
Amanda
This is a book that my siblings and I read when we were children. I just now recently re-read it, and it's full of sentimental charm. I was rooting for the horse to escape and find some happiness in places he loved and remembered. In a way, this story is more for older folk, than younger folk, because the older you are, the more you can sympathize with Charlie. Old Folk don't want to be put out to pasture until they are good and ready!
Lenny Husen
Mar 16, 2016 Lenny Husen rated it it was amazing
Read this book when I was a kid many many decades ago. Ordered it on Amazon to have it again. Drawings are absolutely wonderful and the story, which is really about Boredom in Retirement and loss of meaning in life without work, is delightful.
So happy to have it back again.
Serena
Sep 22, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

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* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
mart
Aug 09, 2012 mart rated it it was amazing
Charlie is a retired work horse. He misses his daily work routine so one day he decides to do something about it! A charming and uplifting children's story for all ages.
Bree
Jun 30, 2012 Bree rated it it was amazing
Notes:
one of our favorite horse stories
set in horse/wagon days
color and b/w illustrations
Katie
Aug 07, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
A heartwarming tale of an old, lonely cart horse who finds joy in feeling useful again.
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Jan 19, 2011 Neptune Stars rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books growing up!!
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Aug 06, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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Such a little book, but soooooooo much fun!
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Mar 31, 2015 Zann rated it really liked it
Loved this when I was a child. :)
Elizabeth
Sep 07, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
A childhood favorite.
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Marguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel ...more
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