National Velvet

National Velvet

by Enid Bagnold
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National Velvet (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Next to dogs, horses are about the most popular animals for young people's stories. Marguerite Henry has written many good horse books, and Walter Farley has a whole set of "Black Stallion" books. But when I was in high school and worked in the library, the "big three" horse books that were so popular with the girls who rode horses were Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara, and National Velvet by Enid Bagnold, which is about a fourteen year old English girl named Velvet Brown who, with the help of her friend Mi Taylor, takes a horse that she won in a raffle, runs him in the Grand National jumping race, and wins, but was disqualified because only men were allowed to ride the horses. To be honest, National Velvet did not hold my attention as well as some books, like Black Beauty, especially early in the story. Much of the conversation was in British colloquial dialogue which was sometimes hard to follow and often had nothing to do with the plot anyway, and this makes it difficult to do as a read aloud. There are several references to people cursing, although to give credit where credit is due, no actual curse words are used, although a couple of instances of taking the Lord's name in vain are found, and there are many, many euphemisms, as well as references to drinking alcohol, smoking, betting, and boy-girl relations. What little references to religion are found have Velvet praying to the moon, though she said, "O God," and also saying that when she prayed it didn't do any good but she still couldn't do without it. And in one disturbing scene, Velvet delivers some meat from her butcher father to a neighboring horse owner who learns that she is fond of horses, writes a new will leaving all his horses to her, and then promptly "blasted himself to smithereens" (i.e., committed suicide)-while she was still there! Toward the end, the story did become a little more interesting and easy to follow. Someone has said that while the book was not written primarily for children, it has become a favorite of young people. My verdict is that it is not a really bad book, and could be a lot worse, but there are much better available. Many people's familiarity with the story comes primarily from the 1944 film starring a young Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney.
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Loved your book, loved your movie. I hope you like my book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A very inspiring story of the comeratery of an animal an its owner who become champions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young girl who has an amazing passion for riding horses. One day her chance comes, and over the hill comes five horses! Her dream to ride in the Grand National just might come true. So as a young girl struggles to persue her dreams, but she has much to learn before she can. We rate this book outstanding because even though it is a little confusing it's an all around heart warming story for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I recomend it for any horse lover, as well as other people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it on the shelf for years and never had any interest in reading it. But I started it one Sunday recently, and couldn't put it down. A must read for ages 12 & over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story for any child who thought it was impossible to train a horse, or a dog or a cat or any creature, to become a winner and a friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in the middle of reading it, and SO FAR IS EXCELLENT. Its a wonderful book for all for all horse lovers everywhere-you don't need to ride to read this book. I encourage you to read this because its absoutely faboulous!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book because iAM A MAJOR HORSE FAN!!!!!!!The book was reallly good and it was easy to read!!! i liked velvet's brother donald, he is sooooo cute!!! watch the movie too@@@@@@@@@@