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Ludo and the Star Horse (Modern Classic)

Ludo and the Star Horse Modern Classic A boy s quest through the fabled star country of the zodiac is the theme of this richly inventive fantasy by a master storyteller The boy is Ludo child of Bavarian mountain farmers and his love for

A boy s quest through the fabled star country of the zodiac is the theme of this richly inventive fantasy by a master storyteller The boy is Ludo, child of Bavarian mountain farmers, and his love for the aging family workhorse, Renti, is the motive for the dangerous journey that they undertake together The tale begins one winter s night when Renti breaks out from the staA boy s quest through the fabled star country of the zodiac is the theme of this richly inventive fantasy by a master storyteller The boy is Ludo, child of Bavarian mountain farmers, and his love for the aging family workhorse, Renti, is the motive for the dangerous journey that they undertake together The tale begins one winter s night when Renti breaks out from the stable and Ludo follows to bring him back Instead, a falling star points the way to the star country, which the two enter through the House of the Archer, which a being half man, half horse presides over From him, Renti learns that he must travel completely around the zodiac in order to claim his destiny as a star horse Ludo, wishing to ease his way, decides to accompany him On their mission, Ludo and Renti meet the lords of all twelve houses, and each encounter provides another dramatic test of character The evocation of this legendary world and the people who inhabit it shows Mary Stewart at her best.

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  1. MaryStewart says:
    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.Her unofficial fan site can be found at marystewartnovels.

Comment 119 on “Ludo and the Star Horse (Modern Classic)

  1. Nikki says:
    Took me a while to get hold of this, as I don t think it s currently in print I wasn t expecting much of it, since I knew it s a children s story, but I do love Mary Stewart s work, and this morning I was feeling moderately dreadful, so something comforting sounded like the perfect plan And this was just right a little bit like Seaward, but with the maturity level of The Dark is Rising a little bit Narnia, but sans Christian allegory.It s a quest story, relatively simply it goes through the zod [...]

  2. Greg says:
    I was bought the audio version of this book read SUPERBLY by Paul Eddington when I was about six years old.The imagery and dialogue have remained with me for over thirty years It s a lovely story of fantasic adventure, love and friendship which still sends a message to both young and older readers It speaks of courage, bullying, danger, lust, loyalty and greed Add to that themes on euthanasia, family, animal welfare, poverty, etc.

  3. Kate says:
    This was one of my favorite books as a kid That s why I m giving it 5 stars Granted, I was probably like 8 years old at the time I haven t read it in forever but I used to try to convince my dad to read it .

  4. Hannah says:
    This was a lovely book perfect for winter Stewart s descriptions are poetic and palpable her description of the bitter cold and snow in the Bavarian winter made me shiver This is a magical story of a boy, Ludo, who is considered plain and not so bright by his family and village, and his family s old beloved horse, Renti, who is soon to be retired you know what that means Renti breaks out during a blizzard, Ludo chases after him, and an interesting, magical journey ensues Renti is a star horse wh [...]

  5. A.E. Shaw says:
    This is the perfect book It is my favourite book of all books It s the greatest children s book, too, but it s never lessened or lost anything, the I ve read it, the older I ve got It makes me cry from the very depths of my heart every time, and it makes my heart stronger and happier every time, too I genuinely think it s astonishing.It s written in my very favourite tone, that way that you re being told a story by a sage author, and there s the morality inside it too, character evolution, them [...]

  6. Angelica Bentley says:
    Ludo is an eleven year old Bavarian boy who is kind and capable in small tasks, but thought to be not very bright and somewhat clumsy One night, the family s old workhorse, his beloved Renti, breaks out of his stable and rans out in a snow storm Ludo goes after him to save him from freezing to death The delightful tale that follows revolves around the twelve signs of the zodiac.This excellent children s story reads a lot like any of Lady Stewart s adult novels minus the romantic aspect The story [...]

  7. Mary says:
    Ludo and the Star Horse is a charming fantasy adventure for children, written by one of my favorite authors I had forgotten about it and was looking for something to read aloud to my grandchildren ages 6 and 9 when they came to visit We ran out of time so we did not finish it together, but I was struck by how eager the kids were to listen to Ludo s adventures It might be a stretch for American children who do not know where Bavaria is or what an alp is, but a few vocabulary explanations sorted i [...]

  8. C2015 says:
    I loved this book I read it when I was a child and I remembered it always although not all the details I was struck by the kindness of Ludo, a simple boy Who bravely and simply stepped forward again and again into the unknown And cared for things around him, particularly animals As a child he was told he was good for nothing and travelling through the houses of the zodiac with Renti, the old family horse, he found out there is no such thing as good for nothing Everyone is good for something, and [...]

  9. Sarah says:
    This is a book that is for kids who are about 10 years old, so unless you are feeling really stressed I wouldn t suggest reading it One thing I don t like about the book is that the main character s horse is a lot like a regular horse, and from the back cover it doesn t sound like he should be There wasn t enough struggle in this book for me either, but then again this is a children s book we re talking about.

  10. Hannah says:
    This was a really nice book It s a children s book and very simple, but I read it in one sitting while feeling very very ill and it was exactly what I wanted to read at the time.It s about a little boy who finds himself in the world of the zodiac signs and he and his horse have to follow the sun through all the Houses before it s too late.

  11. Hyarrowen says:
    A delightful story of a journey round the Zodiac made by a boy and his horse He meets many gods and characters of Greek legend in the process, and of course he learns lessons, but it isn t a preachy book at all It s a highly imaginative story, and I love it even though my own Zodiac sign doesn t come out of it at all well

  12. Chris says:
    I loved this charming little book I tried to buy it several years ago and found I could only get it from England Done This book is simple enough for children to understand, but intriguing enough for adults who also enjoy following horoscopes.

  13. Lexi says:
    This is one of those books that feels old fashioned Not dated, exactly, though I don t think that Ludo would be quite the same boy if he were written today Just the kind of book that people refer to as charming I liked it Though I sometimes wished that Ludo was a bit less passive.




  14. Philippa says:
    I love the way it goes through all the signs of the Zodiac in one big adventure and you get to meet all the characters.

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