Manor Acre, Collingbourne Kingston, 2003, illus Greg Larcombe
A read and colour book about a rocking horse; for younger readers.
Chloe and William are exploring the barn at their new house when they find a wooden hoof sticking out from the straw. It belongs to a Victorian rocking horse, who is in such a state he is sent to a restorer. Once the horse is mended, he is promoted to the hall from the barn, and Chloe pretends he is a race horse; William pretends he’s a soldier riding into battle. That night, they hear the rocking horse creaking, but nobody is there. The next night they find two children in Victoriandress with the horse. They explain the horse used to be theirs, and that he needs Chloe and William to love him, and that he’s a horse of dreams. Chloe and William wake up the next morning not sure if the night’s events were a dream, but it doesn’t matter as the rocking horse is theirs.
Many thanks to Dawn Harrison for the picture.