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The Little White Horse [Paperback]

Elizabeth Goudge
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3 July 2000
'For a fleeting instant Maria thought she saw a little white horse with a flowing mane and tail, head raised, poised, halted in mid-flight, as though it had seen her and was glad.' The beautiful valley of Moonacre is shadowed by the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse. When Maria Merryweather comes there on a visit she finds herself involved with an ancient feud. She is determined to restore peace and happiness to the whole of Moonacre Valley. And Maria usually gets her own way...

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Children's Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745945783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745945781
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Little White Horse was my favourite childhood book. I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine.' --JK Rowling - The Bookseller 11/09/1998

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The Little White Horse
"For a fleeting instant Maria thought she saw a little white horse with a flowing mane and tail, head raised, poised, halted in mid-flight, as though it had seen her and was glad."

The beautiful valley of Moonacre is shadowed by the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse. When Maria Merryweather comes there on a visit she finds herself involved with an ancient feud. She is determined to restore peace and happiness to the whole of Moonacre Valley. And Maria usually gets her own way* ?

"The Little White Horse was my favourite childhood book. I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine." - J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, writing in The Bookseller.

Suitable for: Children aged 9+

ELIZABETH GOUDGE was a popular adult novelist who also wrote a number of well-loved children's fantasies. She was awarded the Libary Association's Carnegie Medal for The Little White Horse in 1946.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical! 2 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
You have to be prepared to read this book with an open mind, as if you were a child. I read it first when I was 10 and I was enthralled. Its old-fashioned and romantic, with a touch of the surreal. The modern child with little knowledge of victorian history may find it a little strange at first but its worth persevering.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well loved favourite 21 July 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have just purchased a copy of this book for my Daughter , as she has heard me tell her many times about why I love this story, and she wanted a copy of her own.

Yes it is outdated in terms of todays literature, but I love it because it captures my imagination and takes me away to a simple , uncluttered way of life. It is a story where children not only learn values, but are valued!!

Marmaduke Scarlet's tea parties sound fantastic, and I love the descriptions of the rooms and the characters come to life, with all their quirks and foibles. Elizabeth Goudge has a skill for telling stories with meanings on many levels , and this should not be written off as just a childrens story.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth revisited 3 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
I have just re- read The Little White Horse in one sitting on a beach in Tenerife. It is 25 years since I last read it and indeed had it read to me and I was immediately transported into a richly descriptive and morally fair world which I had forgotten. The warmth of the writing stayed with me and as my copy is battered I thought I would see if it is still in print and lo and behold here it is. Having read the reviews it would appear to me that the two critics who didn't like it came to the story later in life -the rest of us fans are re-reading a delight from childhood and revisiting feelings we had as children. You do have to view the words in historical context ( as you do with other writers such as Enid Blyton) but that doesn't detract from what is a great story for 8+ year old little girls who still want a bit of magic from a bygone age.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and unforgettable 7 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read this when I was about 10-11, and have never forgotten it. I have searched for it on and off for about 4 years now, and finally found it. It is just as enthralling, happy, descriptive and charming as I remembered it to be. (I'm now 27!) Maria is a great heroine, brave and no nonsense with a happy heart. The valley of Silverdew and its inhabitants (human and animal) are utterly beguiling. And the ending when it comes is just so lovely, you can't help being happy. This book was first published in 1946, when the country was still reeling from the effects of war and rationing. I think this is why food is described in such loving detail throughout the book! I get the feeling that this feel-good novel is the children's equivalent of those glorious Hollywood musicals that they produced in the War years, to help aid escapist fantasies. Whatever, it's still a great read that will leave you with a great big grin on your face.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This beautiful, mysterious novel about the orphaned, red-haired Maria, and how she comes to the enchanted valley of Moonacre to live with her uncle casts a powerful spell. From the moment Maria and her saintly governess travel through the tunnel and see the figure of the little white horse (or unicorn) poised in the moonlight, you're gripped. Maria's family is under a curse, so that the men and women in it will always quarrel and part, unless she can make peace with the fierce brigands who hate her sunny ancestors. With the help of several unusually intelligent animals, including a lion, a lazy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a pony and a wise hare,Maria and her friend Robin eventually break the spell.
Everything about this novel is perfection. Maria's bedroom alone, with its tiny door and starry ceiling will keep any girl entranced, just as the comedy and adventure will enthral boys. Exciting, funny, vivid and romantic, this is the perfect read for any child of 8 and over. If you enjoy it, do also try Henrietta's House, which is "almost a fairytale", but slightly more grown-up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an enchanting story - read it 2 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book, sparkling with magic and exitement. The characters are fascinating people who you really get to know well, and the mystery slowly unravelled by the protagonist, Maria,although slightly obvious (to the older reader) keeps your attention riveted to the page until the climax. The story is delightful in that the ending leaves you with a lovely warm glow and a smile on your face which is hard to erase! I only wish I had discovered this book when I was younger - I can imagine myself being totally entranced by it at the age of about eight. As it was, as a fifteen year old, I was still held in thrall, although as a book read aloud to a young and imaginative child at bed time the experience would be magical.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 26 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for all who love tasteful fantasies and magical plots. Written as a children's book it is also very appealing to adults who appriciate good writing.
The book will capture the hearts and minds of little girls, involving adventure, mystery, romance and courage. This book is of an old class of writing now sadly too often missing in children's authors of today.
Mothers can rest assured of a fantasy novel for there children that will capture their imagination with the gentlest grace.
Elizabeth Goudge is a fantastic author and her many adult books are also a must.
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Published 20 days ago by Val G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Overjoyed
I bought this book when it was first published and loved it from the first page. I re-read it very regularly so now my original copy is very care worn. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Equus
5.0 out of 5 stars Read to my 9 year old daughter over the course ...
Read to my 9 year old daughter over the course of several weeks. Very special and she will read it again in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs P Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
I have always liked Elizabeth Goudge books and this is no exception. For children of all ages and those with a good heart
Published 1 month ago by Tintyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Wonderful Story
A children's book but as an old lady of seventy I loved it just as much as I would have as a child.

Perhaps today's children would not understand the language, as it is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patti
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
I saw this book the other day in a small bookstore and bought it on a whim, I went into it with no expectations but was delighted by the story that unfolded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by liz97
3.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea what you want
I read this book as a child, and thought it would be a nostalgic read, however now I thought it to be a bit of a disappointment.
Published 2 months ago by janet mayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I think this is a lovely sweet book with the classic happily ever after and would recommend it to all ages.
Published 5 months ago by Zoe f
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale
In my opinion, not one of her best books, but nevertheless a good read with likeable characters and a happy ending.
Published 5 months ago by smellienellie
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories
Absolutely love this book.....for those who believe in magic! This book always takes me back to my childhood. A must read!
Published 5 months ago by Paula Dunroe
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