War Horse (War Horse, #1) by Michael MorpurgoA powerful tale of war, redemption and a heros journey.
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joeys courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmers son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
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War Horse is a children's novel by English author Michael Morpurgo. The story recounts the experiences of Joey, a horse purchased by the Army for service in World War I France and the attempts of young Albert, his previous owner, to bring him safely home. It formed the basis of both an award winning play and an acclaimed film adaptation by Steven Spielberg. After meeting a World War I veteran, Wilfred Ellis, who drank in his local pub at Iddesleigh and who had been in the Devon Yeomanry working with horses, Morpurgo began to think of telling the story of the universal suffering of the Great War through a horse's viewpoint, but was unsure that he could do it. With his wife, Morpurgo had founded Farms for City Children , a charity where inner city children live and work on rural farms for a week. I came in the last evening into the yard behind this big Victorian house where they all live, and there he was, Billy, standing in his slippers by the stable door and the lantern above his head, talking.
Joey's earliest memory is of being taken to the town marketplace with his mother while an auction that he did not fully understand took place around him. Two men bid feverishly against each other until the auctioneer brings down his hammer and Joey is led away. He has never been apart from his mother before, and he starts crying for her, hearing her cries for him becoming fainter as he is taken farther away. Joey's new home is a farm, with plenty of land and a comfortable stable where he is given a stall next to a placid, motherly horse called Zoey. He likes her very much but dislikes the farmer who has purchased him. However, Joey forms a deep bond with the farmer's son, Albert: the two become soul mates as Albert works hard to transform Joey into a farm horse his father threatened to get rid of Joey unless he could work with Zoey in the fields.
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Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse
In case Bambi wasn't traumatic enough, War Horse opens as our little pony Joey is taken away from his mother and sold to a farm. On the farm, Joey is broken in gently by a kind-hearted young boy named Albert Narracott. Kind hearts don't run in this family, however, and Albert's drunken father sells Joey to the British army to earn money to keep his farm and family alive—and probably to buy a few bottles of booze, too. In the army now, Joey is paired up with Captain Nicholls, a cavalry man, and sent to the front lines. Nicholls perishes in battle, and Joey is transferred to a younger, more inexperienced rider named Trooper Warren.
War Horse. Person Vs. Suddenly, Albert comes running to Captain Nicholls and Joey on the spot. Albert begs to join to stay with Joey, but he is too young. A lot of great men lost their lives serving their countries. This war is the sixth-deadliest conflict in history.