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Five o'clock Charlie Paperback – April 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689718713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689718717
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Charlie's not old! So what if he's 28 and most people consider that a little old for a horse. When his rheumatism isn't acting up, he's as frisky as any young colt. And he's certainly not ready for retirement. Charlie can tackle any tough job that comes his way.

Unfortunately, Mr. Spinks, Charlie's owner, doesn't quite agree. So he makes Charlie take a permanent, though well-deserved, vacation. Poor Charlie is bored to death!

But then Charlie discovers there is something he can do. Maybe retirement isn't so boring after all!?!

About the Author

Marguerite Henry is the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty’s Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

Wesley Dennis is best known for his illustrations in collaboration with author Marguerite Henry. They published fifteen books together.

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Marguerite Henry is the beloved author of such classic horse stories as King of the Wind, Misty of Chincoteague, and Stormy: Misty's Foal, all of which are available in Aladdin paperback editions.

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Highly recommend for the horse lovers out there!
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He misses the days when he and Mr. Spinks would head to the local pub at 5:00 PM sharp for Bertie's fresh apple tarts.
Abigail Larsen
Five O'clock Charlie was my favorite book as a child and I read it to my children when they were little.
Jean D. Moore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite childhood story and I recently told my college roommate about it. As a wonderful gift to me she ordered the book as my Christmas present. I was so happy I cried. This is a wonderful story. Lighthearted and inspiring, I recommend it to any young child in your life, and you might want to read it yourself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Silverman (dms3@erols.com) on August 5, 1998
Format: Turtleback
Charlie,the work horse was retired by his master who said Charlie was too old to work. In fact, everybody said he was too old. Everyone, that is, except Charlie. He is lonely in his pasture where nothing grows but thistles and chickweed. He is bored and hungry. He remembers the old days when he used to get treats from the tavern cook, Birdie, and escapes from his pasture each day at five o'clock to return to the inn. There he finds that he can still be useful and important, even though he no longer can pull wagons or a plow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carole Weaver on February 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm 47 and I still remember reading this when I was a child. I just fell in love with Charlie and have always wanted a horse like him that would stick his head in the kitchen window. I went on to read Misty and Stormy, Misty's Foal when I got a little older but Charlie never left my heart. A great read with terrific illistrations your kids will remember for years to come!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean D. Moore on October 11, 2005
Format: Library Binding
Five O'clock Charlie was my favorite book as a child and I read it to my children when they were little. It became such a favorite of my children that when the oldest got married and moved out of state the kids argued over who would keep my original copy. Well she took it with her against the wishes of the others. I have read this book to kindergarden classes and they have all asked that it be read again and again. I have ordered it for every child I have on a gift list and their parents love it as much as the child does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth K. Teti on August 24, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter loves horses, so I got this book from the library. We read it together and both loved it! She was in third grade at the time. We gave it to her for her 12th birthday because it is one of those books you should always have. It is on her bookshelf with Make Way for Ducklings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Larsen on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
A 28-year-old draft horse, Charlie is consigned to permanent retirement in an old field. Mr. Spinks thinks he's doing his horse a favor, but life feels long and boring to Charlie, who still has plenty of spunk to be used when his rheumatism isn't bothering him. He misses the days when he and Mr. Spinks would head to the local pub at 5:00 PM sharp for Bertie's fresh apple tarts. One day, Charlie finds within himself the energy to jump the fence and trot to the pub's the swing-in, swing-out window, where he hopes the plump and cheerful Bertie will give him his own juicy tart. Soon, this jaunt is an everyday routine.

A heartwarming story line and lovely illustrations make this a fun read aloud for all ages.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George T. Cullen on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a favorite storybook in our home. I enjoy reading this one to our four children, and its one of their all time favorites. Its right next to the nightstand.

I think I enjoy reading Five O'Clock Charlie as much as they enjoy hearing it read to them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
Five O'Clock Charlie was my favorite childhood book, and it still has a special place on my shelf and in my heart. A must for anyone who loves horses, regardless of whether you're young or just young at heart! A great gift for anyone.
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