THE ADVENTURES OF THE LITTLE WOODEN HORSE
by Ursula Moray Williams
This story was read to me when very young, the best story for anyone over 5, maybe a bit older depending how they can deal with disasters (which always end all right in this book). It saved me when I began teaching a class of 40 eight year olds in what was then slummy Fulham. I struggled unsuccessfully to deal with impossible demands. The only time I got perfect silence was the end of the day when I read a chapter of this classical masterpiece. I had made a miniature model of the little wooden horse (see left) which I first gave to a boy incapable of sitting still. He held it as though it were fine glass. I had said I would give it to a different person each session. He sat frozen every afternoon session until the book was finished, hoping for another turn.
Luckily his maths wasn't good.