THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE
by ELIZABETH GOUDGE
C. Walter Hodges
First published by University of London Press 1946
Published by Puffin Books 1963
My edition 1963
The Little White Horse won the Carnegie Medal for the
most outstanding contribution to children's literature in 1946, when it was described as ‘not merely the best children's book of this year, but the best which has appeared for the past ten years.
Today it is as fresh and magical as ever. Maria Merryweather's introduction to the mysterious house called Moonacre, her vision of the Little White Horse, her dangerous and often lonely struggle with the wicked 'Black Men' and their leader, Monsieur Cocq de Noir, is in true
fairy-tale tradition, while the people and events which make up her everyday life are every bit as attractive and entertaining.
But nobody in Maria's world is exactly what he seems to be, from Miss Heliotrope, who looks so sour and is so sweet, and Robin, the boy who plays in Maria's dreams and comes alive just when she needs him, to Wrolf, Periwinkle, Serena, and Zachariah, those loving animals who help Maria bring happiness and peace back to Moonacre Valley. This is the best kind of fairy story with just the right mixture of reality and fantasy, and if the Little White Horse doesn't bewitch its readers, then Marmaduke Scarlet’s mouth-watering tea-parties surely will.
For eight, nine and ten year olds, and ﬁne for reading aloud to younger children.
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