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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
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The Little White Horse (1946)

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A charming, whimsical fairy tale. With a wonderful, cast of chatacters with intriguing names, this book is suited to all ages. ( )
  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge; (5*)

For anyone who loves a bit or a lot of whimsy in a story, you should love this little book. Goudge's descriptive writing is perfection and carries the reader right into the imaginative world of the story.
This is the story of good and evil, of anger and forgiveness, of the real and the imagined, and of love, lost love and love regained. I loved the personalities that Goudge gave to the animals, their thought processes and their abilities and faithfulness to help their 'human' companions.
There was nothing I did not love about this book. The characters are wonderfully depicted.
I highly recommend it to all children, old and young alike. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Apr 2, 2017 |


Hits all the cliches about the orphan girl, the mansion, the mystery... but in fresh, lovely, and wise way. JK Rowling admits to having enjoyed this when she was a girl.
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1 vote Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This is historical fiction for older children/younger teens, set in 1842. It's also of the genre known as ‘low fantasy’: set in the real world, with uncanny or mystical features pervading reality.

The heroine is thirteen-year-old Maria Merryweather. Recently orphaned, she and her beloved governess Miss Heliotrope are travelling to the West Country to live with Maria’s only living relative, Sir Benjamin, who lives in a manor house with some rather unusual and highly intelligent animals...

Elizabeth Goudge's descriptions are perhaps a tad long-winded, but quite evocative. Maria is a delightfully confident - if argumentative - protagonist, who quickly wins the hearts of everyone she meets. The nature of the intelligent animals - such Zachariah the cat, who draws pictures in the dust to communicate - contrasts nicely with Maria’s own dog, the not very bright Wiggins.

It's an unusual setting for a classic good vs evil plot, with a mission that only Maria can fulfil. Modern readers may balk at the political incorrectness: the bad guys, who dress only in black, are known as‘Black Men’. However it’s clear what’s meant; and even the wickedest turns out to have some good traits in the end.

It’s a children’s book, intended for confident readers of about ten and upwards, so inevitably things are going to be resolved in the end. Perhaps things are too tidily organised in the concluding chapters, but overall it makes pleasant reading. ( )
2 vote SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
A sweet story. Glad that I've read it. ( )
1 vote DaffiMere | Oct 22, 2015 |
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Elizabeth Goudgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Goudge, Elizabethmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Goudge, Elizabethmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Goudge, Elizabethmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bańkowska, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chicheportiche, JosetteTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gachke, SusanneAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, YvonneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodges, C. WalterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, BarryCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Margolyes, MiriamReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín, NievesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McFarlane, DebraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muñoz, AdolfoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nakamura, HanaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ram, GovinderCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, JonathanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shilling, JaneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verlinden-Bakx, C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voges, CarolIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The carriage gave another lurch, and Maria Merrywether, Miss Heliotrope and Wiggins once more fell into each other's arms, sighed, gasped, righted themselves, and fixed their attention upon those objects which were for each of them at this trying moment the source of courage and strength.
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The little white horse was filmed as The secret of Moonacre
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A new-fashioned story that is as wonderful as the best fairy tales

When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do?
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When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she's come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy. Maria is determined to find out about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. This new-fashioned story is just as satisfying and memorable as your favorite fairy tale.

"The theme is as old as the fairy tales, and it is written with a haunting beauty of wording and atmosphere . . . A book to cherish, to read again and again and again." (The Saturday Review )

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In 1842, thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England's West Country, where she discovers it is her destiny to right the wrongs of her ancestors and end an ancient feud.

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