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The Little White Horse Paperback – 1 Dec 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300275
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Little White Horse" was my favorite 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 2 Jun. 2005
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2005
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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A wonderfully magical place first encountered as a child and then revisited time and again when I need to return to 'my secret place' where 'the wild things aren't'(even now that I'm a lot more than six!) So brilliant I've just purchased another copy for one of my English professors who hasn't read it!!
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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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I loved this book when I first read it at 8 years old, and am currently re-reading it at 36! It really is as wonderful as I remembered and I'm delighted to find it's still in print. Buy it for children, friends and yourself!
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