“This is the story of a boy (Albert) and his horse (Joey) during war time. Albert's family falls on hard times and the calvary takes possession of Joey. Throughout the book Albert searches to retrieve his beloved horse with hopes that Joey can survive the war. This is a good book, but have your kleenex ready. Genre: historic fiction
Interest Level: K6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent: 6
Guided Reading Level: Z
“War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is the story of Joey, a red-bay colt, is sold to an English farmer, whose son, Albert, raises the horse and teaches him to work their family farm. After World War I breaks out, Albert's father sells Joey to the army in order to pay the mortgage on his farm. Joey is forced to carry riders into battle, and pull artillery and carts full of wounded soldiers. As Joey struggles to survive, Albert never stops hoping they will be reunited.
War Horse holds special appeal for horse lovers, who will care deeply about Joey's plight as he is pushed and pulled between the humans fighting World War I. The novel offers a unique perspective on the hardships endured by war horses, and the emotional and physical needs of horses in general.
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Animal Stories
Levels: Grade Level Equivalent: 6; Guided Reading Level: Z; DRA: 70; Interest Level: Grades 6; Lexile: 1090.
“It was great”Juven Maeztu wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it is about a horse that goes into war and then gets sold to a family and gets put into war again except with his owner and they battle together”Natalie wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“very good book”bree wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't think it is spoiling the ending to state that it is a happy one despite the term, "war," in the title. [Imagine if Sartre had used the same material ('War is other horses') or if Sherman marched through this young adult novel ('Hell, horses are war.')
But there is a pivot point in the book in the novel and the reader wins the coin toss.
I read this in anticipation of watching London's National Theater production of the play. I wanted to have the novel reading experience already tucked away in my mental armoire.
“Wonderful tale of a boy and his horse and the horrible treatment of horses in World War I.”Pam Bales wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“great book, sad in some parts, but a happy ending.”bronza fox wrote this review Thursday, May 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its sad when Joey gets tetanus and almost dies when I read that part and in the movie I cried ”2019lsmithson wrote this review Wednesday, June 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was actually very interesting. One of the most interesting things about it was that it was narrated by a Horse. This book is about a Horse named Joey who is raised by a boy named Albert. When Joey starts to get bigger Albert's father has to give him off to the war to become a War Horse. During the story Joey gets moved from place to place during the war and is separated from Albert for years and this story talks about how Joey is working during the war and at the same time is hoping to see Albert again. I recommend this book to pretty much anybody, especially if you like animals stories. I didn't really expect to like this book as much as I did because I am not a big fan of animal stories but when I started getting into it I thought it was a great book. ”Cassidy wrote this review Friday, May 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No