When Uncle Peder the toymaker falls on hard times, his little wooden horse must go out into the world to seek his fortune. But whether he's working in a coal-mine, sailing the seven seas with a band of pirates, or walking the tightrope in a circus, the loyal little horse only has one wish: to return to his beloved master.
As a 40-something mum, this is the book I best remember from my own childhood, and reading it to my 6-year-olds was such a huge pleasure. And they adored it - we've read it so many times and they still ask for it again. The story is captivating, suspenseful and heart-tugging, the writing is engaging and stretching whilst keeping it within the reach of 6+ year olds. You just don't get better than this. Highly recommended.