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Gwenda Turner (1947 - 2001) was born in Australia, and moved to New Zealand when she was 19. She left school when she was sixteen, and started work as a secretary. She later took a graphic design course at Wellington Polytechnic, and produced her first book, Akaroa: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand in 1977. Her first children’s book was Daydream Journey (1981). She wrote and illustrated her books, researching the details with great care. Her illustrations are true to life, and reflect New Zealand life. She said: “My style of illustration is true to life and I research everything I draw. I like working to deadlines. Very few days pass by when I haven't nibbled away with a pen or brush.”


Her one pony book (as far as I am aware) is the children’s picture book Pony School. The unnamed heroine is a tad over-horsed, but the illustrations are delightful and this is a good book to share with the pony mad early reader who is not too keen on fantasy.


Finding the book: easy to find in both hardback and paperback.


Links and sources

Biographical information from Christchurch Libraries

Gwenda Turner

Pony School

Puffin Books, New Zealand, 1998, illus the author.

Puffin Books, London, 1999, unpaginated. Illus the author.


A young girl goes to Pony School and tells us about her day. She is, it must be said,
a bit over-horsed, but the book has considerable charm and delightful illustrations.

Bibliography - pony books only