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War Horse

War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

Friendship Theme

Humans and animals have been bonding since the beginning of time. Timmy and Lassie. Jane Goodall and her gorillas in the mist. These groovy hippie guys and Christian the lion. In War Horse, Joey the horse forges some unbreakable BFF bonds with a variety of humans and even a member or two of his own species. The fact that these relationships exist and thrive amidst the constant trauma of war emphasizes even more the power of the friendship.

Questions About Friendship

  1. Does Joey find it easier to make friends with humans or with other horses?
  2. Who are Joey's friends—both animal and human—and what characteristics do they share?
  3. Albert's best human friend is David. What qualities do David the human and Joey the horse have in common?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

The humans Joey makes friends with are often individuals who don't have attachments to other people.

Joey's friendship with Topthorn gives him the strength to keep going during the war.

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