- File Size: 696 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (December 31, 2001)
- Publication Date: December 31, 2001
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U39FQTS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,728 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Little White Horse Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Elizabeth Goudge wrote a number of popular children’s and adult books, including Green Dolphin Street and I Saw Three Ships.
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The characters are human and animal, but in either case, they are quite real and interesting. I loved the fantasy mixed with all of the real human characteristics that plague us. It was especially fun to watch the young heroine develop from a plain, pale-faced thirteen-year-old into a vibrant young lady with a good head on her shoulders and a plan to set the world of Moonacre Manor in order.
A tale of tempers and loss, of pride and despair, of good versus evil that develops from perceived injustice and long-standing feuds. Magical elements slowly reveal themselves and gradually light the way for resolving all of these long-held grudges and disputes.
This book is thick with description that I found as enchanting as the fantasy. The stylized animal characters include a lion, a cat, a rabbit, a dog, and a hare. Each one acquires definite personality reflective of human characteristics--from enviable to a tad obnoxious, but all very recognizable.
A period piece to be read with nostalgia.
also, the movie partly based on this book, (and aptly renamed The Secret of Moonacre) is also a dreamy lovely thing! the plot has been altered somewhat, but it doesn't ruin anything, especially since they didn't take the original name of the book. why doesn't this happen anymore in modern cinema!! it would make everything so much easier, and help loving fans see it as a different version of their favorite characters and keep it separate from the book!
Though the setting and language is a bit old fashioned, it wasn't difficult to lose myself in the story. The author created a setting so incredibly detailed that it leaves the reader with a definite pang of regret that the story is fiction and not someplace someone could actually visit. While there are supernatural elements included, they are no so farfetched that a reader would have to suspend belief in order to finish the story. Included with the supernatural aspect is a bit of religion, but like the supernatural it isn't so heavily written that the writer alienates anyone reading this book. Everything is so perfectly woven together that the story would have felt like something was missing if the author hadn't included parts from each.
The final outcome is full of twists and connections that most readers will be enjoyably surprised to not have figured out on their own. The end of the book wrapped things up nicely, but I did find myself wishing that this could have been an ongoing series like "Anne of Green Gables." I would have loved to have read more of the adventures of Maria and Robin and the rest of the characters in the story.
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Nonetheless, coming to it for the first time as an adult, I enjoyed the book very much; it was something of a holiday from being an adult. If the world had been a different place when it was written, the novel would have made a very wonderful magical realism tale for an adult audience, taking the same themes and inspirations but weaving them into something that would fill readers with a renewed sense of the magic of the unseen worlds and how they interact with our own.
I am really sorry for the people who don't like it, they are missing out on a beautiful, lyrical, mystical story (and no, this is not my normal type of reading).
I loved it.
This is a must read for pre-teens - possibly more suitable for girls than boys but any imaginative child would be engaged by it.
I have read it almost every year since receiving it,and have given copies to various
nieces,god daughters,grand daughters and great nieces for various birthdays etc.
It is a magical story of Maria and her Governess,who due to a change in fortune,are forced to leave their London home to stay with Sir Benjamin Merryweather,her cousin,in his stately but slightly decrepit home in the country.Here she meets the loving if sometimes mysterious local people,and also encounters the black bearded
Monsieur le Coque Dor and his band of surly men,who prevent the local people from using the beach from which they could fish.
So begins Maria's quest for justice,aided by Rolf,Sir Benjamin's huge "dog" and Robin,her friend from her days in London.
Together they face the baddies and bring peace to Silverydew,and find love with each other.
It is of course the eternal story of goodness and love overcoming greed and evil,but told in such an exquisite way,that no child could possibly be fearful of the outcome.
I am so happy that this beautiful book is still in print,and I recommend it to all children over the age of 8-9.
It is a truly magical story with wonderful, rich characters and a thrilling plot and I read it again and again, even now I am old enough to have my first grandchild ( can't wait until she's old enough fir me to read it to her!)
Just one more thing- the recent film is nothing like the book and is a complete travesty in my humble opinion. Don't let it influence your reading of the book.
The thought that I wish to take away from this book is this quote: "...nothing worthwhile in this world is achieved without love and humility."
I think all the previous reviewers have said what I want to say so I shall leave this review as is but with one caveat........please read this to your children or buy it for them as it is literally magical in more ways than one and I can assure you that they will look forward to ever chapter and to every adventure that Maria gets herself into.
I re-read it and it is just as enchanting 55 years after I was given the book.