I must have been living under a rock. I’ve only just now heard about Spielberg’s production of War Horse, a novel by Michael Purgaro. War Horse has already won the Tony award in the UK as a play (yes, a play with puppet horses); is now playing on Broadway in New York to sold-out audiences. The movie will be released in Canada near Christmas. Published in 1982, this inspiring story, told by the horse himself, has finally reached the silver screen. I can’t wait to read the book and then see it interpreted by the incomparable Spielberg. Go to the following sites to see the movie trailer and to see a wonderful monologue by the author, Purgaro, about the genesis of the book. About mid-way, he tells of the encounter between an autistic boy and one of his horses and how that convinced him to write the story from the horse’s point-of-view. I don’t want to hitch my wagon to Purgaro’s star, but I must honestly admit that much (if not, all) of Purgaro’s feelings/creative intuition preceding his actual writing of War Horse were astonishingly similar to mine before putting pen to paper and writing Ground Manners. A Novel. That it took nearly 30 years for War Horse to reach such heights gives me some hope that one day, the messages embedded in Ground Manners may also reach an equally huge audience. Brava, Michael!