• Marguerite Henry

    Marguerite Henry

    Marguerite Henry’s first horse story was Justin Morgan Had a Horse; her 1949 best-seller, King of the Wind, won the Newbery Medal.

    All of her horse stories are fact-based fiction; one of the most popular series began with Misty of Chincoteague, a real pony.  Gifted artist Wesley Dennis created the  beautiful illustrations for Henry’s books.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Five O'Clock Charlie

    Five O'Clock Charlie

     

    Justin Morgan Had a Horse

    Justin Morgan Had a Horse

     

     

    C. W. Anderson

    C. W. Anderson

    C. W. Anderson wrote and illustrated more than a dozen books for children, mostly dealing with horses.  Billy and Blaze was the first title in a series about a young boy and his horse; the author’s beautiful pencil and charcoal illustrations make all his works especially collectable.  A friend of the author’s gave him a fine thoroughbred horse named Bobcat that served him as a model for many years.

     

    Bobcat

    Bobcat

     

    Paul Brown

    Paul Brown

    One of the best animal artists was Paul Brown, whose easily-recognizable strong black-and-white line made his work highly desirable when it came to illustrating horse and dog stories.  An author also, Brown wrote several children’s books including Merry Legs; Piper’s Pony; Pony Farm, etc.

     

     

     

    Wild Horse Island

     

     

    Will James

    Will James

    Will James was born in Montana in 1892 and virtually grew up on the range.  Orphaned at an early age, James was adopted by a French Canadian trapper who taught him to read and write; he never received any formal schooling.  However, the boy had a natural gift for drawing and eventually sold some of his work to magazines.  His real fame came after the publication of his semi-autobiographical book, Smoky, the Cow-Horse in 1926.  He went on to write several other books based on his experiences, and his vivid illustrations capture all the flavor of the old West.

    Lone Cowboy

    Lone Cowboy

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