Typically I read the book first, and then watch the movie. However, it was after I saw War Horse
in the theaters that I learned the movie was based on a book by Michael Morpurgo. I recently enjoyed listening to the audiobook version, which is exquisitely read by a narrator whose voice and various accents carried me to England and France during the tumultuous World War I. I was delighted to realize that the horse hero, Joey, tells his story in his own words. The author deftly captures the heart of this horse as he relates being separated from his mother, sold to a drunken English farmer, trained by the farmer's caring son, and parted from his beloved young master when sold to the army. During the war, he meets friend and foe alike, and is miraculously reunited with his master in the end. Anyone who is a fan of Smoky, the Cowhorse
will enjoy this triumphant horse story, as well.