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Five o'clock Charlie Paperback – April 1, 1995

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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 was 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 was best known for his illustrations in collaboration with author Marguerite Henry. They published sixteen books together.
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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: 7.6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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One of my favorite children's books of all time. Unbeatable combination of Henry/Dennis. The illustrations are so good that I can look at them and hear the splintering crash of the fence rail and the pounding of hoofs on the ground, and can taste that delicious Apple Tart, I can hear Birdie's squeal of delighted surprise, and I cansmell all the horses lined up patiently waiting outside at the rail for their masters (Horse is one of my favorite odors in the world).
Fabulous book, timeless.
The Story is about the solution for the Boredom of Retirement.
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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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'Five o'clock Charlie' is a must-read picture book for children ages 4-10. It takes delightful look at a slower-paced time in history, of caring neighbors, and needs that get resolved...'Five o'clock Charlie' is a staple on the family bookshelf! The illustrations are realistic but uplifting, the story is filled with gentle humor and the happy ending bring smiles to all readers. We have 2 copies of this Marguerite Henry book, and our youthful visitors are attracted like magnets to it. Little ones immediately grab it, wanting it read to them. Slightly older ones get lopsided grins as they locate a comfortable chair and lose themselves in the book. All our children cut their teeth on it, and we hope every one of our grandchildren can too.
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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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This was my daughters favorite childhood book so now that she is grown with a home of her own and roommates with a four year old we decided we needed a new copy, hers is falling apart. We bought two, one for the day she has her own child and one for this little man to keep. The book arrived promptly and in good condition and she was thrilled to have another copy.
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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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