My daughter saw this movie last Christmas and loved it. Recently, she reserved this YA book at the library, read it, then passed it on to me. Or should I say...kept putting it places around the house where I would see it. I think she really wanted me to read it. :)
Well I just finished it and have to say I loved it too.
It's a heart-wrenching story that takes place during WW1 between a horse and all who come to love him. It's a story told from the point of view of the horse, Joey, who relays conversations heard and expresses how he feels throughout his journey of friendships and war.
War is a tragically ugly thing and many become ugly in it, but there are also many, on both sides, who are just doing their duty and have no desire to kill another. The author portrays this well and gives the reader a sense of respect for our fellow man.
This book also gave me a greater appreciation for the horses who served in war. They played a very important part and were relied on greatly. I hadn't realized how much men depended on them during this war and how many suffered and died along side their riders.
This story was also very touching and I teared up several times, especially during the ending of the book. I highly recommend it, even if you aren't a YA reader. :)
Buy it HERE on Amazon