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by Dick King-Smith

When eight-year-old Kirstie and her family go beach coming near their home in Scotland, she finds something that looks like a giant fish egg, and is just too interesting to leave on the beach. So she brings it home and sneaks it into the bathtub overnight. The next morning, she is surprised to find that the egg has hatched, but the newborn is unlike anything anyone has seen before. With a long neck, head like a horse, skin like a toad's, flippers like a turtle, and a tail like a crocodile, her brother Angus declares it a monster. Grandfather knows better and tells them it's a kelpie, or what he calls a water horse. The family keeps the baby and names it Crusoe. But as Crusoe grows, he becomes a bigger and bigger problem--literally. They are forced to find him a new home, away from people and boats.  They settle on a beautiful Loch, now known as Loch Ness. From the author of beloved Babe comes the soon-to-be-classic story of how--thanks to the love and kindness of the human family that raises him--the Loch Ness Monster found his home.  
Download The Water Horse epub
ISBN: 0517800268
ISBN13: 978-0517800263
Category: Children
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Author: Dick King-Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; American edition (September 22, 1998)
Pages: 118 pages
ePUB size: 1892 kb
FB2 size: 1191 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 563
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Do you know what a “kelpie” is?   It is 1930, and eight year old Kirstie and her little brother Angus live with their parents and their grandfather, whom they call Grumble, on the coast of Scotland.  One day in March, while their merchant seaman father is away in quiet, tropical waters, there is a great storm, and afterwards, while they are beachcombing, Kirstie finds an egg the size of a cookie tin on the shore.  The children take it home and put it in the bathtub to see if it will hatch.  It does.  And what do you suppose it is?  It’s a kelpie, a sea monster, a Water Horse. 

     Eventually Mother, Grumble, and even Father when he returns home all find out about the creature. They decide to call it Crusoe.  As it grows, what can they do with it?  There is the fish pond, but nearby are enemies such as otters and herons, and the pond freezes in winter.  Then there is the small lochan close to their house, but a lot of traffic goes by, and the family is afraid that someone will spot Crusoe, who continues to grow bigger and bigger.  Where do you think that he ends up?   Dick King-Smith is best known as award-winning author of Babe: The Gallant Pig.  We have read and reviewed some of his other books, such as Harry’s Mad, The School Mouse, and Mr. Ape.

     We watched the 2007 film The Water Horse directed by Jay Russell with screenplay written by Robert Nelson Jacobs, and starring Alex Etel, recently as our family video.  It was so intriguing that when I saw that the movie was based on a Dick King-Smith children's novel, I wanted to read the book. Although significant differences exist between the film and the novel, there is no content in either which parents need be concerned about.  It is not only a sweet, charming story that children seem to enjoy greatly but is also a worthwhile adventure for readers of all ages as an imaginative explanation for a very well known legend.
Set in the 1930’s, this tale was a charming interpretation of the origins of the Loch Ness monster. The novel was perfect for my students to compare and contrast with the movie, which had significant differences. It certainly allows children’s imagination to soar, and is the perfect introduction to begin dissecting other legends and myths. It is quite a magical story, and has no content that parents need be concerned about.

As far as the backbone of the story, it offered little in the way of literary elements. I’ve certainly read children’s books with stronger character development than this one. Nonetheless, it is a sweet story that children seem to greatly enjoy.
I discovered the charming novels of Dick King Smith when I was substitute teaching in grade schools back in the 1990s. "The Water Horse" is the most recent one I've read. It's sweet, but lacks the tension and mild conflict found in "Babe" or "Martin's Mice." It is a bit bland. "The Water Horse" would appeal to the youngest of readers who would then move up to "Babe" and "Martin's Mice." Older kids would enjoy re-reading the book and then renting the well done movie version and comparing and contrasting them. "The Water Horse" is a gentle tale, perfect for a parent or older sibling to read to a preschooler or kindergartener. It's a perfect introduction to the works of Dick King Smith.
I saw this first as a film, and was intrigued by it. So much so, that I wanted to read it. Sometimes I think it is fun to "reverse the order" in this way. The book is a charming and a worthwhile adventure for children of "all ages".
lucky kitten
Beautiful story, not just for little readers!
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Most children will enjoy reading this book. My granddaughter liked the book and wanted me to keep reading. Very interesting story.
My 9 year old daughter loves this book and has read it twice. If your child loves Nessie she'll love this book.