The Little White Horse



[Download] ➹ The Little White Horse ➾ Elizabeth Goudge – E17streets4all.co.uk In , thirteen year old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, her family s ancestral home in an charmed village in England s West Country, and she feels as if she s entered Paradise Her In , thirteen year old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, her family s ancestral home in an charmed village in England s West Country, and she feels as if she s entered Paradise Her new The Little eBook ´ 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, that shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy endingThe enchanted valley of Moonacre is shadowed by a tragedy that happened years ago, and the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse Determined to restore peace and happiness to the whole of Moonacre Valley, Maria finds herself involved with an ancient feud, and she discovers it is her destiny to end it and right the wrongs of her ancestors Maria usually gets her own way But what can one solitary girl do A new fashioned fantasy story that is as wonderful as the best classic fairy tales Themini series Moonacre andmovie The Secret of Moonacre and the are both based on this book.The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge was an English author of novels, short stories and children s booksElizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April in Wells, Somerset, in Tower House close by the cathedral in an area known The Little eBook ´ as The Liberty, Her father, the Reverend Henry Leighton Goudge, taught in the cathedral school Her mother was Miss Ida Collenette from the Channel Isles Elizabeth was an only child The family moved to Ely for a Canonry as Principal of the theological college Later, when her father was made Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, they moved to Christ Church, OxfordShe went to boarding school during WWI and later to Arts College, presumably at Reading College She made a small living as teacher, and continued to live with her parents During this time, she wrote a few plays, and was encouraged to write novels by a publisher As her writing career took off, she began to travel to other nations Unfortunately, she suffered from depression for much of her life She had great empathy for people and a talent for finding the comic side of things, displayed to great effect in her writing Goudge s first book, The Fairies Baby and Other Stories , was a failure and it was several years before she authoredIsland Magic , which is based on Channel Island stories, many of which she had learned from her mother, who was from Guernsey After the death of her father, Goudge and her mother went to Devon, and eventually wound up living there in a small cottage There, she wrote prolifically and was happy After the death of her mother, and at the wishes of Goudge s family who wished her to live closer to them, she found a companion who moved with her to Rose Cottage in Reading She lived out her life there, and had many dogs in her life Goudge loved dogs, and much preferred their company to that of humans She continued to write until shortly before her death, when ill health, successive falls, and cataracts hindered her ability to write She was much loved Goudge was awarded the Carnegie Medal for The Little White Horse , the book which J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter stories, has said was her favorite as a child The television mini series Moonacre was based on The Little White Horse Her Green Dolphin Country was made into a film under its American title, Green Dolphin Street which won the Academy Award for Special Effects in A Diary of Prayer was one of Goudge s last works She spent her last years in her cottage on Peppard Common, just outside Henley on Thames, where a blue plaque was unveiled in .

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    The Little White Horse Epub ✓ The Little eBook a tragedy that happened years ago, and the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse Determined to restore peace and happiness to the whole of Moonacre Valley, Maria finds herself involved with an ancient feud, and she discovers it is her destiny to end it and right the wrongs of her ancestors Maria usually gets her own way But what can one solitary girl do A new fashioned fantasy story that is as wonderful as the best classic fairy tales Themini series Moonacre andmovie The Secret of Moonacre and the are both based on this book."/>
  • Paperback
  • 238 pages
  • The Little White Horse
  • Elizabeth Goudge
  • English
  • 19 June 2018
  • 0142300276

10 thoughts on “The Little White Horse

  1. says:

    There are some beautiful aspects of this story, especially the descriptions nature, food, clothing there s a richness to them that is very appealing And the characters were interesting, although I can t say I loved any of them.But the didactic elements Man, I see why Goudge set the story in 1842 instead of a century later, when it was actually written Over and over, the emphasis on Maria having to learn to accept and embody feminine virtues and they are explicitly denoted as feminine There are some beautiful aspects of this story, especially the descriptions nature, food, clothing there s a richness to them that is very appealing And the characters were interesting, although I can t say I loved any of them.But the didactic elements Man, I see why Goudge set the story in 1842 instead of a century later, when it was actually written Over and over, the emphasis on Maria having to learn to accept and embody feminine virtues and they are explicitly denoted as feminine, repeatedly Be obedient Don t ask questions Sacrifice for others although, interesting, Maria never ends up having to sacrifice much, she pretty much gets her own way and leads a pretty princessy lifestyle Don t be proud Forgive everything Above all, don t quarrel And the foil character of Maria s blameworthy ancestress who was too proud to forgive her husband for little offenses like, oh, pretending to be in love with her when he really was after her inheritance, and then probably killing her father and infant brother to secure them And in real life view spoiler there is no way a man who had successfully battled through the feudal system to become a lord decided to just go live in a cave and not tell anyone, and if he did he was an asshole for abandoning his wife and daughter hide spoiler She is definitely presented asculpable than her husband, who was only really blamed for taking away property from monks I felt like the women were always blamedExcept for the governess, because she was pious, modest, and obedient Of course, that resulted in her losing the man she loved and becoming a servant so are you sure you want us to take this to its logical conclusion, Ms Goudge Of course, Miss Heliotrope was a poor clergyman s daughter to start with Poor people should stay poor and be happy and not try to change their social status I see here the same trope several other reviewers mentioned regarding Linnets and Valerians with commoner woman marrying a nobleman, Oh Horror and just Ruining Everything for everyone Her descendants are the Bad Guys who do evil stuff like, um, reclaim their hereditary lands Other than than their main crime seems to be poaching rabbits, which is pretty friggin anticlimactic for the Dark Men who live in the Black Castle in the mysterious and frightening pine woods.The ending was all too pat and easy, and OMG view spoiler Maria gets MARRIED at 14, what the Hell She is no Juliet, either, she is consistently described like a little girl throughout the book I thought it was pretty creepy when her future husband s mother was putting her in her future wedding dress the first time they meet, but I had no expectation that she was getting married during this book Gross hide spoiler.I ll take care not to reread anything else of this author s

  2. says:

    This is a book that revels, without shame, in the star dusted dreams of young girls It is pure wish fulfilment in the most delightful and honest of ways and does not pretend to be anything else Miss Goudge s beautiful prose is descriptive in infinite detail Each time you enter a room or meet a character or enjoy a meal it is explained in full down to the colour of the napkins or the pattern of the curtains She creates a world that is both welcoming and comforting, with an edge of danger and This is a book that revels, without shame, in the star dusted dreams of young girls It is pure wish fulfilment in the most delightful and honest of ways and does not pretend to be anything else Miss Goudge s beautiful prose is descriptive in infinite detail Each time you enter a room or meet a character or enjoy a meal it is explained in full down to the colour of the napkins or the pattern of the curtains She creates a world that is both welcoming and comforting, with an edge of danger and past mistakes that form a backdrop, like a shadow, making the beauty of Moonacre seem brighter Some may find the Christian themes of the book rather strong, or old fashioned, but they come at one less aggressively on rereading and are mostly inoffensive and gentle I personally, never liked the Old Parson much, but as I love all the other characters I am willing to forgive him.Since I first read this book I have visited Compton Castle in Devon, which is believed to have been the inspiration for Moonacre Manor It truly shares the spirit, if not the exact layout, being the most lovely and cosy Castle I have yet seen If you would like to find the Well it is out in the narrow alley that runs between the kitchen and the orchard, and is to this day, filled with ferns.If you are able to, it is worth purchasing the collectors edition of this book, which has the wonderful illustrations of C Walter Hodges including the colour plates and the maps It makes for a doubly beautiful experience to read.There has also been made a film of the book in 2008, under the title The Secret of Moonacre Although aesthetically lovely, it was poorly written and greatly changed from the book I do not recommend it other than to look at the pretty costumes and sets

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    It seems a lot of those reviewers for whom this story didn t resonate are those who only learned about it as adults after hearing that J K Rowling liked it I think this is one of those books where if you don t read it as a child, you will never fully appreciate it as an adult For me, I first read this book when I was probably seven or eight, and adored it at first read It has remained one of my favorite childhood books There s sheer magic in the descriptions like Maria s room at the mano It seems a lot of those reviewers for whom this story didn t resonate are those who only learned about it as adults after hearing that J K Rowling liked it I think this is one of those books where if you don t read it as a child, you will never fully appreciate it as an adult For me, I first read this book when I was probably seven or eight, and adored it at first read It has remained one of my favorite childhood books There s sheer magic in the descriptions like Maria s room at the manor I wanted a room like hers so badly, with that little silvery door that was too small for anyone else to use , the clothes, Loveday s cottage, the manor itself, the symbolism of the moon and sun, the people, and of course the wonderful animals The plot itself is just lovely but if you go into this reading it from the perspective of a jaded, cynical, literary minded adult, you won t be able to appreciate it.If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be exquisite This book is precious, beautiful, moral, and unsullied by modern ideals Yes, people have called it dated, but when you read a book, you are leaving your world and entering into the book s world, which should be appreciated for its own worth I feel bad for those who can t appreciate this story because it s old fashioned or too religious, because they really missed out on an enriching experience So those of you with little girls or who know little girls who like reading Little Women, A Little Princess, etc., try adding this book to their pile

  4. says:

    One of my fav books from childhood one I re read annually Thanks to JK Rowling, it s now undergoing a resurgence in popularity being republished make into a movie Not bad for a book which one the Carnegie Medal in 1946 Ever since I have wanted a round tower bedroom One of my fav books from childhood one I re read annually Thanks to JK Rowling, it s now undergoing a resurgence in popularity being republished make into a movie Not bad for a book which one the Carnegie Medal in 1946 Ever since I have wanted a round tower bedroom

  5. says:

    Some people may have seen the film loosely based on this book, I read this aloud to my daughter, who realised she had seen the film but as it turned out the book is quite different to the film.Set in the Moonacre valley, a young girl who has recently been orphaned comes to live with her uncle who is Sir Merryweather owner of a wonderful house When Maria is shown up to her room she discovers it has a tiny door with a tiny silver horse shoe knocker, only big enough for herself to go through As w Some people may have seen the film loosely based on this book, I read this aloud to my daughter, who realised she had seen the film but as it turned out the book is quite different to the film.Set in the Moonacre valley, a young girl who has recently been orphaned comes to live with her uncle who is Sir Merryweather owner of a wonderful house When Maria is shown up to her room she discovers it has a tiny door with a tiny silver horse shoe knocker, only big enough for herself to go through As with many parts of this book, the description of her room is wonderful and would really have captured my imagination as a child We get to meet the various characters in the story and hear their stories which all interweave throughout the book.Personally I wasn t so interested in the historical family feuds and good verses evil elements of the book but there was much we really loved The animal characters in this book were wonderful Wrolf who is Sir Merryweather s faithful hound who has been around for centuries and is large enough for Maria to ride upon view spoiler who is later revealed to actually be a lion hide spoiler an extra clever cat who has an ingenious way of communicating and Serena a hare saved from a trap that lives happily with the other animal companions and comes with them on adventures, and Perriwinkle the pony who comes inside for celebrations We loved how appreciated these animal friends were, and I really liked the part when being chased up a cliff Maria who thought Wrolf had deserted them sees him waiting at the top so she can ride off on him stops to kiss him on the nose before escaping We loved the way these animal friends were treated as members of the family and when treats were bought back for the human family members the animals were given some too.The detailed descriptions were wonderful, the vocabulary was really good, the feeling of magic in the book and an enjoyable final chapter that told you what happened in the years following I was suprised that Maria married at 14 yrs, although she chose this I would rather she was older but I suppose as this was set in the 1840s this could have been something that would have happened then There are many times in the book I saw parts that had perhaps influenced others I have known and loved I thought that Wrolf was reminiscent of view spoiler Aslan hide spoiler and another part mentions a yew tree man that she had been afraid of had now lost it s evil feeling, which reminded me of the children of Green Knowe, and it was interesting to read this knowing it was a childhood favourite of JK Rowling view spoiler It s a pity that a unicorn is shown on the cover because it isn t revealed until page 238 that the little white horse is in fact a unicorn hide spoiler A very absorbing book with wonderful animal characters and a subtle magic feel that was very enjoyable escapism

  6. says:

    The Little White Horse is one of a number of stories that Elizabeth Goudge wrote for children It is set sometime in the 19th century, in the Devonshire countryside that the author so loved and it is an engaging and old fashioned tale, underpinned by both magic and faith.Maria Merryweather was born and raised in London, but when was thirteen she was orphaned and sent to live with her last living relative Sir Benjamin of Moonacre Manor in the heart of the country She travelled with her go The Little White Horse is one of a number of stories that Elizabeth Goudge wrote for children It is set sometime in the 19th century, in the Devonshire countryside that the author so loved and it is an engaging and old fashioned tale, underpinned by both magic and faith.Maria Merryweather was born and raised in London, but when was thirteen she was orphaned and sent to live with her last living relative Sir Benjamin of Moonacre Manor in the heart of the country She travelled with her governess, Miss Heliotrope, and her beloved spaniel, Wiggins Night was falling when arrived, and they were all enchanted by the sight of a moonlit castle set in a beautiful and expansive grounds.The travellers are made wonderfully welcome, and immediately feel completely at home Everything that they might want has been thought of and every detail is right Maria is particularly taken with her tower bedroom, its ceiling covered in moons and stars, its silvery furniture, its little tin of sugar biscuits.There are no servants to be seen, and Sir Benjamin declares that no woman has set foot on the house for twenty years Maria finds that her imaginary friend from London is a real boy living in the nearby village of Silverdew.Yes, there is magic in the air.There is also something darker Maria learns of her sadness and wrong going in her family s history, and she realises that it has fallen to her to set things right.Elizabeth tells her story beautifully she really was a mistress of the art of story telling Every sentence is beautifully wrought every character is clearly and distinctively drawn every place, every meal, every setting is perfectly explained and there is a wealth of lovely detail.I think that this is a book that would work best read in childhood and I do wish I had discovered it as a child but it still has a great deal to offer to the grown up reader who is still in touch with her inner child who loved books.I say her because this is a very girly book.My inner child loved this book.But as a grown up reader I have to point out a few failings.It has a little too much squeezed into its pages, and as a result sometimes things feel rather rushed and there isn t quite as much suspense and intrigue as there could have been.Things fell into place a little too easily, and in the end everything was tied up rather too neatly, with happy ever afters for all.I think I might understand why I think that just after the war Elizabeth Goudge wanted to say wanted to believe that the world could be a better and happier place, that everything could be alright again

  7. says:

    If I could describe this book in one word, it would definatly be gorgeous The language, the atmosphere I almost forgot about reality reading it You may be thinking who wants to read a book about a little white horse Honestly, its not like that at all The book is much, muchthan tea parties and riding sidesaddle, although we first meet the characters in a lovely horse draw carrige Maria Merryweather, who recently became an orphan, is sent to live with her cousin Sir Benjamen wi If I could describe this book in one word, it would definatly be gorgeous The language, the atmosphere I almost forgot about reality reading it You may be thinking who wants to read a book about a little white horse Honestly, its not like that at all The book is much, muchthan tea parties and riding sidesaddle, although we first meet the characters in a lovely horse draw carrige Maria Merryweather, who recently became an orphan, is sent to live with her cousin Sir Benjamen with her governess and stubborn dog She is instantly captivated by the magical beauty of Moonacre Manor and feels right at home the moment she enters the castle But beneath all the whimsical beauty, Maria starts to unravel the strange history of the manor something much darker andmysterious than could ever be believed of her new, picturesque home She will soon learn that everything is not what it seems in this beautiful world of hersA maze of caverns, forests, friendship and tangled up love stories, The Little White Horse is sure to please even those who don t believe in fairytales

  8. says:

    Perhaps 6 stars It was so wonderful I didn t ever want to reach the end.Elizabeth Goudge is a masterful writer and story teller She is superb with creating entirely charming characters that you not only can picture perfectly in your mind s eye, but characters that you feel like you truly know and want to knowdeeply Like the lovely and sweet Loveday, Marmaduke Scarlet and his mammoth vocabulary, the understanding and huggable Sir Benjamin, the mysterious and plucky Robin, and an admira Perhaps 6 stars It was so wonderful I didn t ever want to reach the end.Elizabeth Goudge is a masterful writer and story teller She is superb with creating entirely charming characters that you not only can picture perfectly in your mind s eye, but characters that you feel like you truly know and want to knowdeeply Like the lovely and sweet Loveday, Marmaduke Scarlet and his mammoth vocabulary, the understanding and huggable Sir Benjamin, the mysterious and plucky Robin, and an admirable heroine in Maria And the list does go on, because there are several others, with you caring what happens to each.Goudge is also an expert at transporting her readers into an enchanting land one with lush landscapes, tunnels that twist into the oddest of places, a moon that casts a silvery glow and has a story of it s own, and a village that possesses legends of old Legends, that it seems, had not yet reached their final chapter until Maria entered the scene.Love, love, love it It s enchanting, romantic, so sweet and showcases writing at its finest I emphatically recommend this book.Ages 9 Cleanliness there is a fairy tale like magic that is not explained with any real detail, and encompasses an old legend Mentions alcohol and smoking There are several romantic stories one between tweens , none of which are mushy or detailed Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundredsjust like this one With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and or conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you re 100 pages in, so here s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You ll see my updates as I m reading and know which books I m liking and what I m not finishing and why You ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes in children s books , I cover it all

  9. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I opened this book thinking it would be akin to The Last Unicorn or The Secret Garden No It is not It is a watered down version of a cheap Gothic romance no offense to fine, cheesy Gothic romances with an overt Christian agenda I don t mind books that introduce a Christian ethic This was not an ethic THIS was an agenda As in, deliberately stating that all the evil charaters are Atheists One of the characters even goes so far as to say that he was an Atheist until he fell off his I opened this book thinking it would be akin to The Last Unicorn or The Secret Garden No It is not It is a watered down version of a cheap Gothic romance no offense to fine, cheesy Gothic romances with an overt Christian agenda I don t mind books that introduce a Christian ethic This was not an ethic THIS was an agenda As in, deliberately stating that all the evil charaters are Atheists One of the characters even goes so far as to say that he was an Atheist until he fell off his horse, knocked his head and came to his senses as a result That pretty much did it for me I skipped to the last chapter, which was vomitously happy, as everyone finds their long lost loves and gets married and have dozens quiver fulls of children Also, the main character is so clearly a Mary Sue Her name is even Maria She has captivating silver eyes and an impetuous nature when she isn t being chided by every fatherly character to keep her female curiosity in check Ptooey Impossibly sexist The third strike is the language It s as contrived as an imitation of Jane Austen or the Brontes it has the tone and diction of someone who is desperately trying to tell a fairy tale Also, instead of saying that a character exclaims something, she says ejaculated I know, I should bemature, but it was distracting Everybody going around ejaculating all the time it s just jarring OH, and Maria Sue keeps going through all the book s events with a beating heart well, she s alive isn t she Admittedly, the third strike is really against the editor who should ve caught the vanity pressness of the language Anyway, I probably would have LOVED this book when I was 12 or 13 I hadn t yet given up the ghost on religious credulosity and I would ve been won over by penetrating silver eyes and the detailed descriptions of a too good to be true setting that smacks of fairy That got it one star

  10. says:

    Sweet, enchanting, quirky, and a little bit magical This was a wonderful children s classic that swept me away with its enchanted setting and lovely writing and had me giggling in equal parts My only regret is that I didn t read it as a child I would have LOVED the descriptions of moonacre manor So beautiful

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