The Water Horse

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Another sweet animal tale from author of "Babe."

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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age 8+
My daughter is almost eight and loved this movie. If you enjoy sharing both fantasy and facts with your kids, believe in discussion after the film, then this is the movie for you. The story centrally takes place during WWII... and there is quite a bit of talk about war. The main character is going through the stages of grief (denial) for his father. There is quite a bit of smoking and drinking, but what is portrayed is accurate for the period. There is a dead stag shown (hunting.) There is a highly intense scene where the water horse (mistaken for a German submarine) is fired upon, repeatedly. The water horse is a wild creature and as such snaps and roars when attacked or fearful. After the movie, we talked about the difference between fantasy and reality, pets and wild creatures, times of war and times of peace and what life was in 1940 Scotland. My daughter said she liked everything except the dead stag. This is a good movie that teaches kids about: letting go, finding courage, and friendship. Parents will enjoy this movie, as well. The acting was terrific and the characters hold your attention throughout the movie.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 9+


This title has:

Too much violence

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For kids who love fantasy tales and animal stories

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