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The end of the war arrives suddenly; when the men are about to leave for home, Albert asks Major Martin about the fate of the horses. He learns that they will be auctioned off, likely to local butchers who will slaughter them for meat. Major Martin gives the men every penny of his salary to try to win Joey at auction. They are outbid by the butcher, but at the last minute another bid is received and Joey is sold to Emilie's grandfather. Emilie died after the horses left the farm, and the old man wants to keep Joey in her memory. When he hears Albert's story, the grandfather sells Joey to Albert for one penny, as long as Albert promises to keep Emilie's memory alive. Albert does so. Watch this interview with the author, Michael Morpurgo. What questions would you ask him if you had the opportunity? Butcher, Emily (31 October 2011). "Morpurgo's myth revealed". National Army Museum . Retrieved 8 November 2011.

Ceffyl Rhyfel, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Casia Wiliam, 2016, 2nd impression 2016, ISBN 978-1-84527-295-1 Albert's father is a bully of a man with no time for empathy or sentiment. He expresses himself with his fists and is proud and competitive, only acquiring Joey in the first place because he does not want to lose an auction to a neighbor whom he particularly dislikes. Nonetheless, his bluster does hide love for his family; he is a changed man after selling Joey to the Army, becoming more gentle and less prone to bad temper. Old Zoey An exhibition entitled War Horse: Fact & Fiction opened in October 2011 at the National Army Museum exploring the novel alongside real-life stories of horses involved in war and the men who depended on them, and also drawing on the play and film adaptations of the novel. [22] Sequel [ edit ] Sir Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include Listen to the Moon, A Medal for Leroy and Shadow. His novel War Horse has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children. Morpurgo, Michael (1 January 2014). "First world war centenary is a year to honour the dead but not to glorify". The Guardian.It is the onset of the First World War, and the British army is buying horses for the front; Albert's father takes Joey to market and sells him to an honorable soldier called Captain Nicholls. Too late, Albert rushes to market and is unable to reverse the sale. He tries to join the army with Joey but is too young, so he promises Joey that, as soon as he is of age to enlist, he will go and find the beloved animal. Captain Nicholls promises to take great care of Joey and also to keep in touch with Albert. Cast Revealed For Spielberg's War Horse, Lead Role Goes Elsewhere". The Film Stage. 17 June 2010 . Retrieved 17 June 2010.

Topthorn and Joey become artillery horses, pulling heavy guns. One by one, the work takes its toll on the horses. Topthorn dies from heart failure one day, along with the man taking care of both Topthorn and Joey. Joey stays by Topthorn's side all night and into the next day, until he is faced with a tank. He panics and runs deep into No Man's Land. He is found by a British soldier and a German soldier, and they flip a coin to see who'll get Joey. The British side wins and Joey is brought to a veterinary hospital. There he is reunited with Albert and his friend David. However, Joey has a severe case of tetanus and many people around the hospital believe that he will not survive. But, thanks to Albert, David, and a few others, Joey makes a full recovery. After a summer working on the farm for Emilie's grandfather, the horses have to leave to follow the German army and pull artillery guns. Emilie is distraught at the loss of her horses. Topthorn is now ridden by Crazy Friedrich, a thoughtful man who has become very attached to him. As the horses are drinking from a stream, Topthorn stumbles and collapses. Joey realizes that he has lost his best friend. As Joey and Friedrich mourn Topthorn, the sound of shells exploding begins around them. Friedrich does not manage to get away and is killed a few paces from Topthorn. Joey stays with them for as long as possible, not wanting to be alone in the world, but the gunfire and shelling terrify him; he begins to run with no particular direction in mind. He runs all night, stumbling over craters and ditches until he feels barbed wire snag his leg. He rips himself free, but his leg begins to stiffen; as the sun rises, he hears excited voices on both sides of him. Joey has found himself trapped in No Man's Land between the British and German trenches. A man in a German uniform waves a white handkerchief and comes out off the trench on one side, and a British soldier follows suit. They agree to work together to free Joey; once they have done so, they flip a coin to decide who will take ownership of Joey. The British soldier wins, and Joey rejoins the British army. The two soldiers observe that if the war were left to them, they would be able to solve everything by communicating and trusting each other.Poor Joey and Albert get separated during WW1, both are distraught. This book will make you smile and cry. On its first publication in 1982 the book was only translated into a 'handful' of languages. As a side effect of the interest in the film adaptation by Steven Spielberg, the publishers of the book have recently been "inundated" with requests for translation rights for the book to coincide with the film's release in late 2011. [20] A grandfather explaining to his grandson how his difficult post-war childhood had led him into petty crime. Rich with historical detail and beautifully illustrated, this is a touching and inspirational portrayal of farming life and familial ties.

Some might say that Michael Morpurgo is the nation's storyteller. A titan of literature, children all over the planet love and devour his books.A young man called Albert embarks on a dangerous quest to locate his beloved horse in the First World War and bring him safely home. Albert’s father thinks that horses are ‘obstinate and stupid’. Can you think of synonyms for these words? Can you find any antonyms? Read and act out Chapter 4, where Joey is sold to the army. Which emotions are felt by each character at that point in the story? Albert’s father sells Joey for forty pounds. How much would this be worth today? What could you buy with forty pounds at that time / today?

Brooke, Simon (29 January 2010). "My perfect weekend: Michael Morpurgo". The Daily Telegraph. London. Joey is first introduced to us as a foal who lives in the South West of England, in the county of Dorset. Dorset is the neighboring county to Devon, where War Horse author Michael Morpurgo lives. Much of the area's wartime history and its countryside character are well known to him as a local. Morpurgo is an equine advocate and founded a charity enabling inner-city children to experience living and working on a farm in the heart of the countryside. This passion for the traditions of farming inspired many of the settings in the novel. In terms of his writing career, Morpurgo is a former Children's Laureate, the highest honor a children's author can receive in Great Britain.At the start of Chapter 6, the soldiers are feeling ‘buoyant with optimism’. What does this mean? Can you think of any other words / phrases to describe this feeling? Can you paint the picture of Joey that is described in the ‘Author’s Note’ at the start of the book?

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