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A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's 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, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
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Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate of Britain, is the author of War Horse, called “Superb" by the New York Times Book Review, and now a major motion picture. His other prize-winning books include Kensuke's Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Michael lives in Devon, England, with his wife, Clare. Together, they founded the charity Farms for City Children, which gives children from urban areas an opportunity to spend a week working on a farm in the countryside. You can find out more about him and his books at michaelmorpurgo.org.From AudioFile:
John Keating establishes a convincing narrator with his portrayal of Joey, an English farm horse. Keating delivers this story's differing points of view, making it easy to distinguish between the equine observer and the humans in his world. All too soon, Joey leaves his loving farm boy, Albert, to soldier through the horrors of WWI. Like the classic horse hero Black Beauty, Joey has a string of human owners. Keating characterizes each with credible emotions, accents, and age qualities. Through his portrayals, listeners understand the uniqueness of Joey's masters, whether Welsh or German. Hearing their distinctly different stories and voices enables listeners to see the humans' commonality. Each one hates war and bears love and admiration for the courage of this noble steed. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Kaye Ward, 1982. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Pictoral Board Book. Vibrant colours on the boards, spine is nice and bright and not faded as often happens with this book. Short name inscription on the top of the front end page otherwise clean pages. Pages are tear and crease free. Text block edge and end pages just have some light foxing. A very good hard to find 1st print of this classic book. Seller Inventory # 6312
Book Description Kaye and Ward, UK, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. No Jacket as issued, Clean tight and very white pages, no marks or inscriptions, very small (1mm indentation diameter very shallow) above the H of michael. and very small crease to top of spine otherwise would be as new. Seller Inventory # 003461
Book Description Kaye & Ward, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 1st edition 1st printing laminated boards, no jacket issued by publisher. Signed on the title page by Michael Morpurgo with no other inscriptions. A copy of the event notification is included. Book in near fine condition, slight knock to one tip. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-15813778779
Book Description Kaye Ward, London, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Cover By Victor Ambrus (illustrator). 1st Edition. Signed by Author to a loosely inserted bookplate. This book is in truly remarkable condition, boards and spine are unmarked and without toning, all the corners are perfect. There is no toning to pages or edges, just a hint of speckling to the lower page block. The Book is in Very Fine condition. There are no inscriptions. No Dust Jacket as issued. This book is guaranteed to be a 1st Edition, 1st Printing. The book is professionally wrapped and packed with great care with bubble wrap and placed in a special book box to ensure that the book arrives at your destination in perfect condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000271
Book Description Kaye & Ward, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. A fine first printing WITHOUT the usual tanning to the pages which are still white and clean, having a crease to page five, in glazed pictorial boards by Victor Ambrus with super sharp corners, having the merest tad of toning,being very gently pushed to spine tips. How this iconic book has survived in this gift condition I know not, given that most of this low print run original publication was for libraries. This superb copy is SIGNED by Michael Morpurgo to the title page, a most elusive signature indeed. Rare to find signed to the title page therefore NOT a laid in bookplate! Superb attributes. BOXED INSURED DESPATCH. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-14457992968