Monday, March 23, 2009

Five O'Clock Charlie

Five O'Clock Charlie
Marguerite Henry, il. Wesley Dennis
1962, Rand McNally

A picture book about a big blonde workhorse who grows tired of retirement and longs for a new duty. Beautiful illustrations and the sort of clear, easy and to-the-point writing that made Marguerite Henry a best-seller.


Charlie - 28-year-old draft horse (looks Belgian)

Shropshire, UK

Wesley Dennis's illustrations are almost always welcome, but they really shine here, with the simple story, larger-than-life character and lovely paintings.

About the Author
A Wisconsin native most famous for Misty Of Chincoteague, Henry had two Newberry Honor books (Misty and Justin Morgan Had A Horse) and one Newberry Medal book (King Of The Wind). Her collaboration with Wesley Dennis resulted in some of the most beloved children's book of the 20th century.

More books by the Author
Justin Morgan Had A Horse
The Little Fellow
Misty Of Chincoteague
King Of The Wind
Sea Star
Born To Trot
Album Of Horses
Brighty Of The Grand Canyon
Misty, The Wonder Pony
Black Gold
All About Horses
White Stallions Of Lipizza
Mustang, Wild Spirit Of The West
Dear Readers And Riders
San Domingo, The Medicine Hat Stallion
A Pictorial Life Story Of Misty
One Man's Horse
Our First Pony
Misty's Twilight
Brown Sunshine Of Sawdust Valley

More about Wesley Dennis
A Massachusetts native who studied in Paris and was apparently an avid horseman who knew from an early age that he wanted to make a living combining his love of art and animals.

Related websites
The National Sporting Library
Children's Literature Research Collection: U. of Minn.
The Art of Wesley Dennis website

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