I saw the picture of the cover of this book on the website and became more and more tempted until I had to buy it.
What a loveable horse! What a charming story! What beautiful illustrations!
A book that makes you smile and which will appeal to heavy horse lovers of all generations (and probably recruit a new generation)
Charlie is a heavy horse belonging to Mr Spinks a farmer in Shropshire. Charlie is in his twenties and has just been retired to grass and is a bit bored and lonely.
Every day at five o’clock fresh apple tarts are served at the local pub. Charlie, with that sense of timing not unknown in working horses, leaves his field and makes his way to the kitchen. He soon gets a new job ringing the pub bell.
The illustrations in this book are fabulous. The horses faces have been only very slightly altered from life to allow a range of emotions to be splendidly expressed (resentment and surprise are particularly good)
The only very, very mild criticism is that he is a Shire horse and is a very light chestnut with a flaxen main and tail. Neither myself or my father, and he saw many heavy horses when they were a regular part of life, have ever seen a Shire or a Clydesdale with this colouring. It does make him incredibly cute, but is probably more typical of the continental breeds of heavy draught horses they have in the US. I am only really putting this criticism in with the hope that someone will prove us wrong...
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
I feel like grabbing a copy too now. I've always liked the picture on the cover and I love shire horses, as well as being a fan of the author, so I think I'd enjoy this one. One for the Christmas list methinks
The breed standard for Shires does not allow chestnut as far as I know and I've certainly never seen any, but perhaps Charlie was part bred. Chestnut with flaxen mane/tale is my fav colour - its so glam! ;D
I mentioned this to tintin on another thread (not sure where), but the Five o'Clock Charlie started as a short story in Marguerite Henry's Album of Horses.
If you like the Wesley Dennis illustrations in Charlie, you MUST get Album of Horses...there are over 20 short chapters (mostly it's just a few non-fiction pages on a particular breed or type of horse, I think the story about the workhorse is the only proper story in the book), and each chapter has a full page, full color illustrated plate by Dennis.
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1