Farm Boy : sequel to War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo. Illus. Michael Foreman. Pub. HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2011.
Nobody tells an animal story like Michael Morpurgo and while this is not a new story(first published in 1997), it is as relevent today as it ever was, and it is the sequel to War Horse , a film currently showing around the world.
Joey was the horse that went to World War 1 and now he is a plough horse working for the boy who went to war to find him.
The story tells of a boy who teaches his grandfather to read and his grandfather in turn writes him a story about Joey and his mate Zoey as they compete with a tractor in a ploughing competition.
It is a hare and Tortoise story with the lesson “never take anything for Granted”.
Absolutely outstanding and brilliant for describing a byegone era and relationships between old and young especially grandfather and grandson.
For primary and intermediate age children but have a go yourself, it will melt your heart.