The Three Toymakers

By Ursula Moray Williams
Level 6

My children and I were delighted to discover the wholesome, engaging books of English author Ursula Moray Williams (1911–2006) who wrote nearly 70 books for young people. The Three Toymakers, the first in a trilogy, has a wonderful plot, skilled writing, engaging characters, and messages about friendship, loyalty, kindness to enemies, mercy, forgiveness, selflessness, generosity, courage, resourcefulness, hard work, and overcoming evil. The story begins when Peter Toymaker asks an orphan boy named Rudi to become his apprentice. Rudi brings his crippled sister, Elsa, and his five brothers to come live with Peter. Then the king announces a contest for the best toy, and a thousand gold pieces is the prize. This book would make a great read-aloud as it would interest both older and younger children. The other books in the trilogy are fantastic and part of the reading program: The Toymaker’s Daughter and Malkin’s Mountain.

(Reviewed by Kate Phillips)

Series Yes
Genre Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
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  • Hard to Find
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  • 4 Entertainment Value
  • 4.5 Moral Value
  • 1 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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