Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

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Kingfisher Modern Classics edition, 2001, illustrated by Paul Howard

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse is a children's novel by Ursula Moray Williams, published by George G. Harrap in 1938 with illustrations by Joyce Lankester Brisley.[1] It was her most successful book, being frequently reprinted.[citation needed] Early editions of the novel were illustrated by Brisley; later illustrators include Peggy Fortnum and Paul Howard. It was most recently published in 2011 by Macmillan Publishers, who also included it in the Kingfisher Modern Classics series.[1][2]


The book contains 19 chapters. The little wooden horse is a toy horse originally intended to be sold by his maker Uncle Peder. His only desire is to stay with and serve his maker but when the latter is forced out of business by the availability of cheaper mass-produced toys he becomes ill through poverty. The little wooden horse then sets out into the world to make himself a fortune for the two of them to live in peace. Through a combination of misfortune and exploitation the little wooden horse is forced to travel a great distance and earn and lose his fortune through each of the chapters. Eventually he does hold onto a fortune, but returning home he finds his maker has disappeared. Eventually they are reunited through a chance and highly emotional meeting.


  1. ^ a b Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2016-05-20. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  2. ^ "The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse" at Fantastic Fiction.
      (The title of the novel may be Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse in all editions.)

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