Horse & Pony Books:
THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE
(UNIVERSITY OF LONDON PRESS 1946)
ILLUSTRATED BY C. WALTER HODGES
Reprinted many many times, too numerous to mention, but including some hardback reprints by University of London Press, hardback editions published by Brockhampton and a lot of paperback editions. Still in print, with most recently a movie tie-in edition published by Lion.
Also has been published in the USA, the first US edition being published in 1947 by Coward-McCann, with many other editions to follow.
SUMMARY: Set in the Victorian era. Newly orphaned Maria is sent with her governess Miss Heliotrope to live with her uncle Benjamin Merryweather in Moonacre Valley. There she learns to ride on the pony Periwinkle, makes friends with a number of animals, and is also soon enveloped in the strange aura of mystery and legend which surrounds the place. What is the secret of the ghostly little white horse she glimpses from time to time? And how can the ancient feud which has brought tragedy to the families in the valley be lifted? Maria is determined to find the answers to these questions…
The book won the Carnegie Medal and has been adapted for the screen twice, firstly in a children's TV series in the 1990s called Moonacre and more recently in the 2009 film entitled The Secret of Moonacre starring Juliet Stevenson, Ioan Gruffodd and Tim Curry.
PONYMAD RATING: 5 HORSESHOES
Read a review here (off web-site)
This is an easy book to find as it has been reprinted so many times and thanks to J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame telling the world it was her favourite book, it has been brought into prominence once more - and at the moment is in print. It can also be found in America, as was published in more than one edition there. The first editions (both UK and American) are however rare and valuable.