Ponies, ponies, ponies
Esta de Fossard (1934 -
Under her own name, Esta de Frossard wrote several picture books, many of which were illustrated by Haworth Bartram. She was educated at the University of Melbourne, and taught English at Lauriston Girls' School, Melbourne. After her marriage, she emigrated to America, where she wrote on writing for television and radio.
Finding the book: not many copies about, but are reasonably priced when they do turn up.
Sources and links
Thanks to Lisa Catz for photographs.
Esta de Fossard/Estelle Grey
Julie Gordon: The Pony Club Camp
Golden Press, Sydney, 1974, 172 pp.
Reprinted as Trixie Belden Presents... Julie Gordon: The Pony Club Camp
Golden Press, Sydney, 1981
It's summer holiday time at the Western Hills Pony Ranch, where Julie’s been
persuaded to go by her friend Frankie. Frankie immediately makes an enemy
of bossy Roger; another camp member tries to run away, and Barbara sneers
at beginners, and that includes Julie. However, by the end of the camp, they’ve
learnt a lot more about horses and people.
Frisk the Unfriendly Foal
Childerset, Victoria, 1976, 25 pp, illus Haworth Bartram
EJ Arnold, Leeds, 1977
Reprinted as Tommy the Timid Foal
Gareth Stevens, Milwaukee,1985, 32 pp, illus Haworth Bartram
Tommy the foal doesn't make friends easily but after he meets assorted animals, and a young boy,
he discovers that having friends is rather good.
Childerset, Victoria, 1977, 31 pp, illus Haworth Bartram
Darby the donkey
Childerset, Victoria, 1978, 36 pp, photographs by Haworth Bartram
Reprinted as Lenny, the Lost Donkey
Gareth Stevens, Milwaukee, 1985, 32 pp
A donkey who is searching for "school" to be with the children and learn things discovers new friends and learns
other things on the way.