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War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
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Sep 06, 12


War Horse

This book is about a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey. Albert’s father brings a young horse home from market one day a so begins an epic journey where both horse and boy grow up together (and apart). This journey begins in the relative peace and beauty of the English countryside and takes us through the horrors of First World War Europe. The story depicts the cruelty and hatred that war creates, whilst also showing the reader the friendships and kindness that can still be found in the very worst of situations. Albert and Joey are separated during the story and have to endure many hardships before they are re-united in the end with the help of many along the way.

This is a story that I have just recently discovered after hearing much about the theatrical and film productions. What struck me about the book is the examination of relationships throughout. Starting with Albert’s difficult relationship with his father, which is wonderfully explained through the mother character.

The book is certainly for an older reading age and would be useful to read to and with a class in an English lesson. It could also be used and linked to History and Geography subjects and be a great addition to a classroom bookshelf for independent reading.
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