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The book is even better than the movie and that’s saying a lot considering the movie is great. Interesting that in the book, the horse is the narrator since the story is from his point of view this makes sense and obviously would not work in a movie.
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With that said, I love how the book answered all of the questions I had after watching the movie such as:
Unlike the movie, the father was supposed to buy a cow instead.
I hate the name of the horse, until I read that it was named Joey b/c the kid already had a horse named Zooey.
In the book, there is no mention of the father drinking because he went to war and they never had a war badge of honor that was carried around as it was throughout the movie.
Two German kids who abandoned the war because of a promise to their mother, weren’t in the book at all.
And after watching the movie, I was wondering why the Grandfather looked different at the end and in the book, it states that he looked different because it was supposed to be years later.
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
The book was moving and amusing, and D. Thorn's performance was superb. The stories are meant for children and big boys and girls who love fairy tales.
Here is the list of the stories:
How the whale got his throat; How the camel got his hump; How the rhinoceros got his skin; How the leopard got his spots; The elephant's child; The sing-song of old man kangaroo; The beginning of the armadillos; How the first letter was written; How the alphabet was made; The crab that played with the sea; The cat that walked by himself; The butterfly that stamped.
'The Tabu tale' is missing.
The only thing I'd like to warn readers about is that the recording is a bit messed up. While downloading the audio, it struck me as odd that the length should be 6 hours and 39 minutes. That's a bit too long for the 12 stories, eh? It turned out that the book should have lasted 3 hours and 29 minutes, but some of the stories repeat themselves.