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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

The Little White Horse (original 1946; edition 2001)

by Elizabeth Goudge (Author)

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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.
Title:The Little White Horse
Authors:Elizabeth Goudge (Author)
Info:Viking Books for Young Readers (2001), 238 pages
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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (1946)

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If someone can write a book like this, I think that's enough for them to be satisfied with their life. ( )
  cloudshipsinger | Sep 22, 2022 |
Great children's story about an orphan who is sent to live with her rich old uncle in the country. She turns out to be a princess and saves the land. ( )
  Pferdina | Sep 18, 2022 |
This was the sort of book that is best left to the loveliness of childhood. I did enjoy the reread, but it really showed a narrative simplicity. Feels more like a kid tripping out on imagination than an actual semi-fantasy novel now.
I can see why I would have loved it when I first read it. But I really does not stand up to a adult audience. ( )
  Kat_books | Nov 9, 2021 |
Delightful. Reminds me of the kind of second-hand happiness I had when reading the passage from The Silver Chair in which Jill spends an evening at Cair Paravel. Would quite probably have been my favourite book if I had read it at a younger age; still very pleasant, but a little too sweet, like the sugar cookies Maria is always nibbling on! ( )
  wallymeadows | Feb 18, 2021 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2008]

**Delightful, magical little story - won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature in 1946.**

The year is 1842 and Maria Merryweather is a petite plain orphaned girl with silvery-grey eyes, straight reddish hair and a thin pale face. She has had to leave the London that she knows, selling her father's house to pay debts, and is off to live with her nearest relative at the Manor of Moonacre in the West Country, taking with her her much-loved, if stern, governess and their canine companion Wiggins.

Maria takes to her cousin Sir Benjamin Merryweather immediately, and falls in love with Moonacre with very little effort. She soon meets the friendly villagers from nearby Silverydew, is re-acquainted with an old childhood friend, Robin, and learns of an ancient story about the foundation of Moonacre which will have a great effect on her future... Soon Maria longs to be the one to restore tranquility and peace to her much-loved Moonacre Valley. Throughout it all, more than anything, Maria longs for another glimpse of the little white horse she first spotted on her arrival at Moonacre one wintry moonlit night...

This is a lovely heart-warming story of innocence, friendship, discovery, magic and ultimately good fighting evil. A pure delight. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 12, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Elizabeth Goudgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
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
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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.
There was an oak table in the middle of the room spread with a white cloth and red-and-white breakfast china, and there was a settle by the fire and a couple of hard oak chairs, but no other furniture and no pictures or ornaments. But the room did not need them because of the books, which stood there upon the shelves breathing out a friendliness that seemed to furnish and ornament the room, as did its spotless neatness and cleanliness.
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The little white horse was filmed as The secret of Moonacre
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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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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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