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Five O'Clock Charlie
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...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Aladdin
(first published September 1st 1962)
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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
Aug 04, 2014 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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!
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 ...moreMore about Marguerite Henry...