THE ROCKING HORSE SECRET by Rumer Godden

THE ROCKING HORSE SECRET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A shamelessly old-fashioned bit of wish-fulfillment about Tibby, six, who moves with her widowed mother to Pomery Place where Ma worked before she married the chauffeur. Now old Miss Pomery is ill and a bit wandering, with no help in the house but young Jed whom she had kindly taken in as a groom when there were horses. Before Miss P. dies, she ""gives"" Noble, the beautiful rocking horse in the old nursery, to Tibby--but then two stuck-up nieces whom Tibby calls Niminy and Piminy arrive and, as next of kin, sale-tag everything--including the valuable rocking horse. Of course Tibby must have Noble, but that's not all: the no-holds-barred happy ending has Tibby retrieving Miss P.'s will from inside Noble and nice Jed inheriting the estate--where he'll run a stable and keep Tibby and Ma on forever. ""Why Miss Pomery wanted to go to London and have her will drawn up there in secret, . . . and why she [hid] it in a rocking horse of all things"" remains a mystery to the old lady's local lawyer. But Tibby is satisfied with ""She liked hiding things--and she liked Noble""--and many readers will be too, for Godden recognizes the appeal of this outdated dream stuff and avoids the mawkish style that would give it away.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 1978
Publisher: Viking