War Horse / Michael Morpurgo

Tuesday 11 November 2014
by  Antoine
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A hundred years ago, in 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front.

Michael Morpurgo wrote War Horse 30 years ago after he discovered that one million horses were killed in the First World War.

Another great book by Michael Morpurgo. I also loved "Private Peaceful". The movie is good but the book is so much better, especially from the horse’s point of view.

Today is Poppy Day, (and you can see poppies in the library and the CSI):

- The poem Flanders’ Field speaks of how poppies grew in the fields where the soldiers had died.

- Today, every 11th of November (in tne UK...), poppies are sold and the money kept for soldiers coming back from war and in remembrance of all those who have died.

  • "In Flanders fields the poppies blow
  • Between the crosses, row on row,
  • That mark our place, and in the sky,
  • The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
  • Scarce heard amid the guns below.
  • We are the dead; short days ago
  • We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  • Loved and were loved, and now we lie
  • In Flanders fields.
  • Take up our quarrel with the foe!
  • To you from failing hands we throw
  • The torch; be yours to hold it high!
  • If ye break faith with us who die
  • We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
  • In Flanders fields."


John McCrae

Doctor of the Canadian Army