Humans, Horses, and History
- What: War Horse Book
- When: 10 years and up
- Why: Educational and affordable
- Where: Amazon
I’ve got one kid obsessed with battles of all kinds, and one kid who can’t get enough of horses of any type. I never thought I’d find a book that indulged both their favorite things, until now. Enter War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.
This book tells the tale of the Western Front of World War I through a new perspective – a horse. Joey, a young working horse, gets sold into the army, much to the dismay of Albert, the farmer’s son. This story covers more than 150 pages of medium text split into 21 chapters, all told from the horse’s perspective.
This sweet tale of the bond between a person and a horse isn’t for the faint of heart. It renders the nightmares of war in broad strokes in a kid-appropriate way, with lots of emotional ups and downs. But if you’ve got an older child who can handle this fictional account of war-torn countrysides, kids will find strength and courage in this story about overcoming the odds and dealing with adversity. Will Joey find his way back to his beloved Albert? Will either of them survive the war?
Read this touching story and find out for yourself.