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Farm Boy

Farm Boy

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by Michael Morpurgo
     
 

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During a holiday on the farm in Devon a young lad discovers how different it was farming when his grandfather was a farm boy. His Grandpa tells the story of his own father's best horse, Joey, who was taken to pull guns in World War I, and how his Grandpa raced a tractor ploughing with horses.

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During a holiday on the farm in Devon a young lad discovers how different it was farming when his grandfather was a farm boy. His Grandpa tells the story of his own father's best horse, Joey, who was taken to pull guns in World War I, and how his Grandpa raced a tractor ploughing with horses.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Following their Robin of Sherwood and Arthur, High King of Britain, Morpurgo and Foreman turn their talents to historical fiction about the Maid of Orl ans. Morpurgo frames his chronicle of Joan of Arc within a contemporary story about Eloise, a 17-year-old French girl who has set her heart on playing Joan in the annual tableaux in Orl ans, where Eloise's family has just moved. When Eloise narrowly loses a contest to portray Joan, she seeks the solace of the sparrow she has befriended down by the river. There a voice from on high ("from deep inside the light, deep inside the silence") tells her the complete story of Joan of Arc, including Joan's lifelong companionship with a white sparrow ("He was her best friend on this earth"). Told in smooth, expansive chapters, the narrative skirts some of the more searching questions about Joan's voices and vocation (such as those raised in Diane Stanley's recent picture-book biography, Joan of Arc) and accepts Joan's religious visions at face value. Indeed, with the introductions of a supernatural narrator and of a sparrow that enjoys an almost mystical relationship with Joan, Morpurgo signals that his storytelling is premised on faith. Foreman, too, adopts only the look of realism. His deceptively sunny palette offsets the often brutal matter of the narrative, and his familiar, informal, representational style balances his allusions to religious imagery. If the work is not as provocative as Stanley's, its polish and panoramic scope will lure and hold readers. Ages 9-14. (Mar.) FYI: Also coming from Morpurgo and Foreman this month is Farm Boy, a contemporary story set in Devon and focusing on a storytelling grandfather and his grandson (Pavilion [Trafalgar, dist.], $16.95 paper 80p ages 7-10 ISBN 1-86205-192-5; Mar.).
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In a rambling story, the narrator relates family memories spanning four generations on an English farm. Beginning with the hours he spent as a child atop Grandpa's old disabled Fordson tractor, he remembers: "I'd be ploughing or tilling or mowing, anything I wanted. It didn't matter to me that the engine didn't work...." Later, Grandpa tells him the story of how he came to own the tractor, a tale involving a beloved horse and a braggart, rich neighbor who was foolish enough to make a bet pitting the horse against the modern farm machine. Morpurgo's storytelling style is unhurried, reflecting great skill at giving unique voices to his characters. Episodes are loosely strung together in classic fireside style. At one point, Grandpa tells his own story in a letter to the narrator. The memories of his workhorse are particularly poignant, and readers will learn many details about life during the early part of this century and World War I. The book is generously illustrated with Foreman's soft watercolor-and-pencil illustrations and period posters, flyers, and advertisements. While some children will genuinely appreciate the style and content of this well-designed book, its appeal will be mostly to adults.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
Publishers Weekly
First published in the U.K. in 1997, this novella, billed as a sequel to Morpurgo's War Horse, reads more like a tender epilogue. Albert, who joined the British Army during WWI at age 14 intent on finding his requisitioned horse, Joey, has long since died. Even his son is an old man now, still living on the family farm in Devon. During a summer with his (unnamed) grandson, he tells stories about his father, Albert, the war hero; their fine draft horses, Joey and Zoey; and, most importantly, how all the days spent helping with the harvest instead of going to school left him illiterate. The grandson then becomes teacher to the man, and is rewarded with a final story, written in his grandfather's unpunctuated, regional English (no grammar, phonetic spellings). Foreman's hazy watercolor-and-pencil illustrations depict rural and wartime scenes, evoking the early 20th century with period posters and advertisements. While this well-crafted story lacks the grand drama of War Horse, it offers a satisfying glimpse into a bygone era, while delivering quiet messages about the value of hard work, family, and the tragedies of war. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007450657
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Morpurgo, the former UK Children's Laureate, has written more than 40 books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. His books include Kensuke's Kingdom, Private Peaceful, and War Horse, which is the basis of a Broadway play and a film by Steven Spielberg.

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Farm Boy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but really short Only 27 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is 5 dollars ninety nine cents for 20 pages of writing (notice they didn't put that in the preview) don't buy! unless you just learned how to read a two page book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that is about Alberts son and granson. It takes you to a nice little story about how the gransom teaches hos grandpa to read and write. And a story about Albert and some other guy in a plow race. A good story for antone who really liked warhorse. An has a little time their hands.
meghanlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
Good book but i cant belive its a 5 dollar book with ONLY 27 pages !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am certainly disappointed in B& N. i feel taken advantage of & duped!! After purchasing, reading & enjoying "WAR HORSE"', for B&N to advertise this pamphlet (27 pages) as a novel & sequel & then to further have the unmitigated gall to charge $5+ is an outrage. Their intent can be described as nothing less than deception. As much as I have enjoyed my nook & all of my previous purchases, i have a good mind to trade in the entire nook experience in favor the kindle & Amazon! THE ICING ON THE CAKE: Customer service is OITSOURCED & totally worthless! AMAZON here i come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After , why do the beggings always come after? I think this book should have been before the war horse book.
ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
“Farm Boy” by Michael Morpurgo the sequel to “War Horse” is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather. This delightful book recaptures the time when history was passed down through the stories retold by our grandparents. The relationship between the young boy and his grandfather is precious and encouraging. The author weaves the tale in storytelling fashion that makes this book a quick and enjoyable read. There is drama and suspense as well as heartfelt love between the boy and his grandfather as well as the grandfather and his horse. I would encourage any young boy to pick it up and read it. I enjoyed the whimsical feel of days gone by and the historical perspective of life in the past. (rev. C. Delorge) An engaging early chapter book/reader for the elementary student that is replete with lots of soft illustrations by Michael Foreman done in black and white pen and ink. DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Scholastic Press on behalf of the author for the purpose of our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those the reviewer. There was no obligation for a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read by a nine year old and he loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 War Horse and even if this is short at least its cheaper than a 6 paged story book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is so short and lacking in content that It is not worth the money. I am surprised that Barnes and Noble even offers it to it's customers. not good.
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Sadly a waste of money and time 27 pages /:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont buy too short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw and read war horse but i dont know if i should get it or not what do you thin?
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Dont get this not that good and not worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
$5 for a book with only 27 pages? what a joke dont buy a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We haven't talked about this book yet. Am looking forward to sharing it with my grandson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who would pay $5 to read a twenty- paged book about some guy learning to read and write? Don't waste your time with this book but I loved War Horse.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks cooo! War horse was great so this is proably awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
please put farm boy out in paperback!!!!!