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National Velvet (Book and Charm) [Paperback]

By Enid Bagnold (Author)
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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.52" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 28, 2002
Publisher   HarperFestival
Age  8-12
ISBN  0694015792  
EAN  9780694015795  
UPC  046594006998  

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When a fourteen-year-old English girl wins a fiesty horse named Pie in a raffle, she dedicates her time to training him and rides him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National. Reprint.

Publishers Description
The timeless story of spirited Velvet Brown and her beloved horse has thrilled generations of readers. And now the republication of this classic story in a fresh, up-to-date package will charm confirmed fans while captivating new ones. Fourteen-year-old Velvet is determined to turn her untamed horse into a champion and personally ride him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National.

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TIMELESS STORY  Jan 11, 2007
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold is full of fun and super exciting!
Velvet is a girl who lives in a village in England. She dreams of having a horse. Within two weeks she has six! One is a piebald who can jump like a dream. Velvet decides to enter him in the most famous steeplechase in England; the Grand National. Although girls are not allowed to enter Velvet disguises her self as a boy and enters. Can she win the race? Or more importantly, will she get caught?
I was always wondering what would happen next. Because of the two page illustrations I could easily picture every setting. (Refers to an original book club edition, 1935, illustrated by Winslow.) Velvet was crazy to risk her and her horse's life and limb as well as a large fine, which I thought I would never have been able to do. I would have been too scared.
Enid Bagnold shows us that winning is not everything and fame does not last. This timeless story is a lot of fun from cover to cover!
A classic horse story  Dec 15, 2006
This is a great classic story. I read it first as a child and have read it many times since then. The author is British and she writes in a very classic, literary way that may be difficult at first to "get into." However, even written this way it's not a boring story. One of the best things about this book is Velvet's family. The family is portrayed as being dedicated to each other without being sappy and simplistic. The parents are strong moral people. Ultimately, the family is happy and this gives Velvet strength to do a heroic deed.
I keep going back to National Velvet because it is a classic story written without the cheap gimmicks of mystery, cliffhanger's and confrontations. This is a good book for family to read aloud too.
truly bizarre book  Jan 16, 2006
I read this as a child and liked it okay, but re-reading it, it seems a little odd. For one thing, the author keeps referring to the children's hair as "silver" "pale" or "white." Does that mean that they're blond or prematurely gray? Another thing is that the writer seems to take great pleasure in describing the family's meals and making them sound utterly disgusting.

So what about the horse story? It is utterly unrealistic. The protagonist is given five horses on the spur of the moment by a dying man. Legitimate, I guess, but unrealistic. Then she wins another horse in a village. Okay, that's possible, but the horse goes on to win the Grand National after his first ever gymkhana. The girl is a natural rider but hasn't ridden anything but her pony for eight previous years. It's unlikely, that even with her talent, she had the guts to win at the National without ever competing in a hurdle race before.

What is it with these horse heroines that discover wild horses and tame them in a short amount of time to win the Kentucky Derby or the Olympics? Such training usually takes years and years of patient conditioning and practice. As a rider and horse lover, I think this is absurd.
I didn't like it  Nov 1, 2005
W. Kaplan "calyndula"'s review makes this book sound like a classic. And it is. It's an old story and alot of people like it. But just because something's labeled 'classic', doesn't mean it's always interesting and simply wonderful. Do not be fooled, I love horses and horse books, it's just that this one, put quite simply, is one big yawn. It is often sold with a gold chain with the "Pie" on it. The chain isn't even worth the price: No matter how gentle you are with it, it will eventually break. Until the 15th chapter, there's no excitement, no cliffhangers...not even any tragedies for pete's sake! Just a bunch of silly nonsense and 'classic' dumb 'english' language. It's VERY confusing and hard to understand. I mean, I don't mind some good old-style language, but for heaven's sake! I may sound like an overly critical old-style book hater, but I'm not. The movie was better. I'm just saying this book doesn't deserve 16 chapters. That's my two cents, take it or leave it.
still a favorite after 30 years  Sep 10, 2005
I received this book when I was 9, loved it immediately, and kept it on my bookshelf always. I'm almost 40 now and just reread it (it's one of my "comfort" books) and was once again blown away by the beauty and astonishing metaphors of Bagnold's prose.
She is a lovely writer. I wish I could write as well as her. Our window into the Brown family is clear and uncluttered; we get to watch as the girls relate to each other, speak in their own family shorthand, deal with their similarities and differences. I adore the way the family accepts each other - each with their own quirks and peculiarities. Velvet, with her profound love of horses and her very 14-year-old imagination. Merry immersed in the world of canaries. Edwina on the brink of adulthood. Mally, Velvet's closest friend, sharing candy bars and secret plans.
I was such a girl myself, with my own imaginary stable of mounts... but my appreciation of the book goes beyond a recognition of similarity; Enid Bagnold simply writes with a sophistication few writers for young adults share... with no condecension and no need for explanation.

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