Elizabeth Taylor was given "The Pie" as a birthday gift after filming was over. Let me be the best rider in England!" 'National Velvet' is not what I thought it would be. I also take exception to the way Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) was portrayed as a young man of questionable character. Sometimes, I just can't stand books written in "old" style writing, but I just adored. (I also read dog books, but I still read those. If you can put aside the evolution of The Pie from being a piebald gelding in the novel, t. "International Velvet" is a movie. They clicked right away. Alongside Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka, it is one of the great horse books for children. This aired on NBC for 52 episodes. Nothin's going to break up this home not even if you lose yer head, but it'll make it easier if you keep it. Richly atmospheric of rural English life between the World Wars, National Velvet has enchanted generations of readers since its 1935 debut. But written accurately as to what it all wouldve been like. There's nowhere I know that would give kids candy bars on credit with the kids carefully tallying up what they owe for when they have the money. How many people even know what butchering is, much less what it would be like to live in front of a kill yard? They were an amazing match. This may be one of the strangest books ever written. We kept going because we loved the storyline. Also the story just wasn’t grabbing us. Learn about Author Central. 5 out of 5 stars (378) 378 reviews $ 15.00. Rather oddly written -- it took me a few chapters to get used to the style (and, rather like, I haven't read this book for a while, but when I was like Velvet, a young, horse-crazy dreamer, this book was a definite big hit. Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller. Film was better than the book - that's rare isn't it! Mi formerly worked in stables and is familiar with the horse racing world. The novel focuses on the ability of ordinary people, particularly women, to accomplish great things. It's marketed as a children's book, but when I read it as a pre-teen there's no way I got all the subtleties that the author works into her themes. I really liked this book. The racing world is both dismayed and fascinated by a young girl's winning its toughest race. We read many books outloud, this one was the most laborious. She eventually gets some from a deceased friend she made and she also got Piebald. One of my favorite movies is National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor as Velvet Brown,the young rider, and Mickey Rooney as a retired jockey,who became The Piebald's (Pie)trainer! The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of following a dream. From shop KeenoRama. I only like horses.”, “You always was a nice chap," said Mrs. Brown. And what a lovely book it is - yes, yes, the triumph of the human spirit and all that, which, by the way, can never be overdone in children's or YA or ANY literature for that matter - but Enid Bagnold laid it all out with solid characterizations, just the right pith and passion and all the good feels. My issue is with the style and content of the story -- because the overall plot is just dandy! You think the Grand National's the end of all things, but a child that can do that can do more when she's grown. Velvet then asks Mi about "Beecher's Brook" and he reluctantly reveals that it is a difficult jump at the Grand National Steeplechase course. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold is a classic 1935 novel telling the story of fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, the daughter of a working-class family in England. Emotive and captivating this book really does tug on the heartstrings and leave you breathless, whilst following a double story of the young girl and also her horse. Start by marking “National Velvet” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I started this book with my 10 year old daughter as a read aloud as I loved the movie from my childhood. From 1960 to 1962, there was a half-hour B&W American television series, with Lori Martin, Ann Doran and James McCallion. The National Hunt Committee finds no evidence of fraud, exonerates all involved, and Velvet and her family return to their ordinary lives; or rather, Velvet goes on "to her next adventures", for clearly she is a person to whom great things happen. In addition to inheriting several horses from one of her father's customers, Velvet also wins The Pie, her dream horse. It was written in 1935, so of course it's aged. All has been rectified now. And it’s not like we don’t enjoy older books because we loved The Secret Garden, The Little House books and Anne of Green Gables. Now can we talk about how incredible THAT movie was?? Mi uses his connections to the horse training/racing world and obtains a fake clearance document for Velvet in the name of James Tasky, a Russian jockey. I dislike the movie with Elizabeth Taylor very much, mainly because MGM didn't take the trouble to find a piebald jumper, or even a white jumper that black patches could be applied to with dye, but instead added to the story to explain why Velvet called him "The Pie". Refresh and try again. Mi get her entered with his connections in the racing world. -- The New York Times "Humorous, charming, National Velvet is a little masterpiece." Her mother is a wise, taciturn woman who was once famous for swimming the English Channel; her father is a butcher. On'y leave that child to me. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 'National Velvet' is not what I thought it would be. The heroine's grit and determination, backed by the support of her eccentric and loving family, offer an inspiring example of the struggles and rewards of … I watched this movie several times as a child, but never read the book. Is it a slice-of-life book? Add to Favorites National Velvet TabithasBookshop. After completing the book, we watched the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. To see what your friends thought of this book, Its a timeless story. It's quite a good movie. Fourteen year old Velvet is mad about horses. I totally understood how Velvet would "loose her lunch" at the sight of a beautiful horse, and this book supported my own horse love. British writer of novels and plays, best known for, “I don't like people," said Velvet. I remember when reading this book that I fell into the story, I think I breathed it and lived it. We read many books outloud, this one was the most laborious. I can't recommend it too highly. The youngest daughter, Velvet (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse for the Grand National - England's greatest racing event. NATIONAL VELVET. After completing the book, we watched the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor. To read it you can go to the library and borrow it, or buy a copy. Goodreads is not an online reading site. 6-8 Genre. C $7.55. What age group would this book be appropriate for? !This is a wonderful story about a young girl's impossible dream and her determination to make it come true!! Ages 8-12) $ 9.75. I saw the movie first, with Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney, and it was enchanting. My children and I just read this book together. [Enid Bagnold] -- A fourteen-year-old English girl wins a horse in a raffle, trains it, and rides it in the Grand National steeplechase. I can't believe I've never seen the movie, nor read the book! National Velvet is one of the best books I read as a child and many years later,as an adult!!! Much of the film was shot in Pebble Beach, California, with the most-scenic views on the Pebble Beach Golf Links (with golf holes visible in the background). This book brought the world of steeplechasing, England's culture, racing culture, to me. Also the story just wasn’t grabbing us. Its negative aspects impressed themselves so much on my mind that I felt that the book itself warranted another separate review. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One day they both watch The Piebald jump over a five-foot-high cobbled fence to escape a field. The only way that i can describe it is when reading this story it was like opening a window into your heart and glimpsing ones dreams & aspirations within. Paperback (Book with Necklace. Let me be the best rider in England!" An 18-year-old Gene Tierney, who was then appearing on Broadway, was offered the role of Velvet Brown in 1939. June 5th 2003 How do you rate a book like this? The most famous and loved racing story of all time. I haven't read this book for a while, but when I was like Velvet, a young, horse-crazy dreamer, this book was a definite big hit.  Velvet becomes obsessed with winning the horse in an upcoming raffle and riding him to greatness. 'The Pie' and also Velvet have become two of the most common and well loved names within English Literature and fiction and this book i can say with certainty goes much deeper that just a mere children's story. Grades. Welcome back. In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase. See search results for this author. I don't see where you're getting "misogyny." They enter her as James Tasky as girls aren't allowed to ride in the race. I devoured horse books as a child, but somehow never read this one. by Egmont Books. A young girl at church today told me she had five horses. how did you get this book online? Fortunately within the story this 'dream' was made possible and i remember myself reading this when i was younger and cheering at the end of the book, being that i was so happy in the knowlege that the main character and my heroine had sucseeded majestically. Long before Dick Frances wrote about racing, Enid Bagnold wrote about a girl who dreamed of riding in the Grand National, the toughest Steeplechase in the world. I remember, as a kid, trying and trying to read this book. which led to a lovely "Velvet" detour. It's really not for children at all--it's far grittier in places yet irresistibly intimate and realistic in regards to the gentle bickering of families and working class backgrounds. Enjoy the movie National Velvet in four minutes. Here is my synopsis of National Velvet. 'Velvet'll sit on a horse like a shadow and breathe her soul into it ...I never seen such a creature on a horse.' Okay, rant over. Mi trained Velvet and The Piebald to enter -- and win --. This in turn made me thus able to relate and empathise with the main character even more so because there were a lot of similarlities between us, which i found made the story that much more personal to myself. Download National Velvet Study Guide Subscribe Now The first-time reader of the book will be happily surprised to see that, like many literary classics, it is written for all ages. National Velvet is a story that every horse mad girl would devour within an instant and it was hence a novel that i fell in love with as a child/ teenager for its horse & horse racing content.  In the film the horse, who was solid coloured, hence not a piebald (British English) or pinto (American English), was renamed The Pie. There were times that we could not decipher whose emotions we were reading about, a dog, horse, child or adult. Will finally view the movie tonight. "On'y I'm so buried under me fat I feel half ashamed to tell you so. Also they dont let me read it why, See all 4 questions about National Velvet…, National Velvet Read Aug 2019 Chapters 10-17, National Velvet Read Aug 2019 Chapters 1-9, National Velvet by Enid Bagnold - 3 stars, A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. Hardcover ... Mark V. Ziesing Books , 1997 (click for more details about SLIPPAGE: PRECARIOUSLY POISED, PREVIOUSLY UNCOLLECTED STORIES [SIGNED]) Signed First Edition MYRA BRECKINRIDGE [SIGNED] by Vidal, Gore . The storyline was refreshing and tender but the writing style was choppy. But after a couple of chapters we gave up because the rural English language Bagnold uses was too difficult for us to understand. National Velvet is the story of a 14-year-old girl named Velvet Brown, who trains and rides her horse, named The Piebald, to victory in the Grand National steeplechase. This immediately brought National Velvet to mind, and I wanted to ask if she had read this most excellent book, but the service began and I did not get to. I am still a horse-crazy girl in a 55-year-old body, however, with horses! Is it a race book? National Velvet is a classic tale of dreams, ambition and one girl's belief in a horse. A 1978 film sequel, International Velvet, was made starring Tatum O'Neal as Sarah Brown, a young orphaned American teenager living in England with her aunt Velvet Brown (Nanette Newman) after Sarah's parents die in a car accident. I know. A story about pursuing dreams and taking chances, National Velvet follows the adventures of 14-year-old Velvet Brown. There were times that we could not decipher whose emotions we were reading about, a dog, horse, child or adult. In the book The Piebald was occasionally abbreviated to The Pie. My issue is with the style and content of the story -- because the overall plot is just dandy! We did rent the Elizabeth Taylor/Mickey Rooney movie which, IMO, has stood the test of time as. (i.e., girl trains horse to become a race champion? It's quite a good movie. You know, when I was young(er) I loved this book because it was a good story. or Best Offer. And it’s not like we don’t enjoy older books because we loved The Secret Garden, The Little House books and Anne of Green Gables. My children and I just read this book together. Written by A.L.Beneteau Plot Summary | … This is proof that although it was a tough read, the children had great comprehension and a love of the original story. Piebald was a horse who had a mind of his own he hated being kept in his own field plus he liked to jump so almost everyday he would jump out of his field and venture into the town. There's nowhere I know that wou. Velvet wins the race, but is disqualified for dismounting too soon after she slides off the saddle due to exhaustion. If you can put aside the evolution of The Pie from being a piebald gelding in the novel, to being a chestnut in the movie, to being a dark bay/brown stallion in the sequel. So believable in that way. While I was reading the book, I was very aware that I was being given a slice of life for a way that people don't live anymore. While I was reading the book, I was very aware that I was being given a slice of life for a way that people don't live anymore. which led to a lovely "Velvet" detour. Mi remarks that "a horse like that'd win the National". A fourteen-year-old English girl wins a horse in a raffle, trains it, and rides it in the Grand National … A young girl at church today told me she had five horses. One of the best books ever written about childhood, adulthood and all the days in between. Billy and Bangs, Misty of Chincoteague, Brighty of Grand Canyon, Man O' War, etc. “…I only like horses.”, National Velvet is about 14 year old Velvet Brown she has always wanted horses. That Velvet is the only homely child in the household, again, Bagnold creates triumph out of the female spirit t. Even as a middle aged woman, National Velvet remains one of the most beautifully yet earnestly written books I've ever read. For the 1980s Canadian rock band National Velvet, see. By Enid Bagnold. National Velvet is about 14 year old Velvet Brown she has always wanted horses. But after a couple of chapters we gave up because the rural English language Bagnold uses was too difficult for us to understand. The race speeds by so fast - more page time is given to the media than to the race - and yet the entire novel turns on those few pages. Enid Bagnold did a fantastic job at creating a familial reality that a reader could slip into easily. Fiction. 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