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.
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