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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (December 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142300276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142300275
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,424 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


"One of the most magical stories in the world.”  —The Independent
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I first read this book when I was about 10 years old.
Monique Armbrister (armbrister@mindspring.com)
Elizabeth Goudge's skillful imagery conjure up a wonderful picture of the 19th century English town where the magic is timeless.
Josie Landback
So, having not read the book as a child I've come to it as an adult and thoroughly enjoyed it!
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hearn on June 13, 2000
Format: Unbound
I first read Elizabeth Goudge when I was 11 and I fell instantly in love with her writing. I read this book later than some of her others and I was enchanted immediately; and every time I re-read it, the enchantment returns. While I read, I am with Maria and Robin at Moonacre Manor, riding with them on their adventures, singing the Bell Song, confronting the Men of the Black Wood. I was thrilled to buy my own copy so I can read it whenever I want and not rely on the Public Library. And despite the fact that my copy has only the endpiece illustration of the Manor and its grounds, I can picture everyone and everywhere vividly. Goudge is a writer of true genius. Everything her characters do is completely consistent. Even the religion in the plot, and there is a lot, is not offensive or preachy. It fits perfectly into the whole ambience of the book. This is because Goudge was herself a deeply religious woman and the value she found in her faith is an integral part of all her novels. This book is worth 10 of most of the modern children's books. Moonacre Manor stands proudly with Narnia and Middle Earth.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Josie Landback on February 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Little White Horse is an exceptional and magical book. I have read few books that can compare with the imaginative imagery, the depth of the characters and the originality of the story. The protagonist, Maria Merryweather, is thirteen years old at the start of the book. She, her governess, and her pet dog, are travelling to Merryweather Manor by coach to stay with her great-uncle after her father's death. Her explorations of the delightully described manor and the nearby village of Silverydew lead her to see that not all is as happy as it seems. Before she knows it, she finds a destiny before her that builds up to a decision between selfishness, as her ancestors have done, and humbleness and selflessness. Only then can the wrongs be righted and Maria see her little white horse she dreams of. I enjoyed the book because of the lovely descriptions of the manor and the valley, and the realisticness of the characters. Maria and her friends are not perfect heroes and heroines, but they are lovable and their character developing is crucial to the plot. The book keeps you reading as you discover with Maria the secrets of the manor and the village. Elizabeth Goudge's skillful imagery conjure up a wonderful picture of the 19th century English town where the magic is timeless. If you enjoy fantasy and magic, you will love this book.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's too bad that so few of Elizabeth Goudge's books are in print, though I am grateful that this one has been reprinted. I'd never read it before, and initially I was turned off by the unicorn illustration on the cover. But I'd heard lots of comments about how magical it was, and so I sat down to read.
Newly orphaned Maria Merryweather is being sent from London to Moonacre Manor, the castle-like home of her uncle, Benjamin Merryweather. Initially Maria and her devoted governess Miss Heliotrope expect the place to be cold and uncomfortable -- but Maria is delighted to see an enchanted, silvery landscape, and the brief vision of a white horse running past. She fits quickly into the slightly strange, almost idyllic surroundings -- despite the fact that no woman has come to Moonacre Manor in twenty years. But Sir Benjamin seems very pleasant -- as does the huge, unusual dog Wrolf.
Maria is enchanted both by the beautiful natural surroundings and the neighboring village of Silverydew. But she begins to sense that something is wrong: her uncle is unhappy about something and won't talk about the briefly-seen white horse. Her childhood invisible friend Robin returns to her -- and the inhabitants of Silverydew know him. Beautiful items are laid out in her tiny, luxurious room -- with the initials L.M. And strange dark figures are creeping through the woods near the sea. Maria soon finds out about a long-lasting story of magic, sadness, greed and darkness that has haunted her family for generations, and is determined to set it right.
Goudge was evidently one of the few authors who can effectively blur the line between reality and dreaminess. Some sections of her prose are almost intoxicating; she never held back from describing surroundings and items lushly.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Donna Hall on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I was about 14, I chose "Little White Horse" at the library because I thought it was about a horse and I was mad for horses. As I began to read, it became evident that this was no horse story, but I was entranced and couldn't put it down. Elizabeth Goudge's writing style is such that one can easily visualize the salmon-colored geraniums, the special foods included in Marmaduke Scarlet's repasts, or Robin's brown curling hair that twisted like a drake's tail in the back. Robin . . . I fell so in love with Robin . . . so much so that my son carries his name all these years later. This book portrays that loveliness that exists in this world if one will but look and see and so is wonderful for children and adults alike. "Little White Horse" opened the world of Elizabeth Goudge to me, a world of enchanting, life-enhancing detail. To the customer who wrote from Christchurch, N.Z., "Henrietta's House" was published in the U.S. under the title "The Blue Hills" and will be available through Amazon.com this September!
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