Those stars are from my seven year old self I lived in Germany that year and when we visited London during a school vacation we had relatives there I still do , we always went to Foyle s where my parents stocked up on Puffins I keep trying to find the edition I had yellow cover , but boy did I love this book I m afraid to read it now, to be honest Classic tale I felt uncomfortable with, but appealing characters and adventures for children.A classic author I ve read before, but not a title I knew I picked it up on a whim This will have appeal for today s readers who like episodic tales with a slow burn story of all comes right in the end after many trials.My discomfort with the book stemmed from the abuse of the little horse, his own downright pigheaded disposition to work himself into the ground for money for his maker who, really, might not show him the same loyalty and the oft repeated pattern see Rudyard Kipling s If of losing all his hard earned money and having to begin again The injustice made me anxious The structure is very traditional and reminiscent of other fairy tales, such as Pinocchio The Little Wooden Horse never given any other name is created but for one reason or another finds himself alone in the world and moving ever further away from home, but hopes to return soon having earned a fortune to keep himself and his master living in comfort Like Black Beauty finding good owners and bad, the Horse meets tyrants and kindhearted humans, works himself to the wooden bone, sustains damage, is ill used and repaired, and travels far and wide seeing the best and worst of mankind as he struggles to find his way home.It s simply told, which makes me feel that given a fresh jacket and typeface it will appeal to primary aged readers still Besides some talk of old money and a few words and scenes that may need a little explanation of their context, it s a good, old fashioned epic of a children s story For ages 7 10. What a beautiful story for little children I wish I had been able to read it as a child But even as an adult, I find it compelling Even I wanted to know how the story would go on and I am sure children will love the stories. I read this many years ago and want to re read it I absolutely loved this book, it was my favourite.
- Unknown Binding
- Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse
- Ursula Moray Williams
- 28 March 2017 Ursula Moray Williams