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Mies Bouhuys and Antonia Ridge

Mies Bouhys (1928-2008) was a Dutch author, scriptwriter and television director. She was a prize winning poet, but was best known for her children’s books. Co-author of The Little Red Pony (1960), Antonia Ridge (1895-1981) was a broadcaster and writer, and was also Dutch born. She was educated in the Netherlands and England, and  received the Writer’s Guild Award in 1969 for a radio play. Bouhuys and Ridge collaborated on several titles: Hurrah for a Dutch Birthday and Melodia as well as The Little Red Pony.


Finding the books: not as reasonably priced as they once were, but still fairly easy to find.


Links and sources

Thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph and summary.

Wikipedia on Mies Bouhuys

More biographical information on Antonia Ridge

20th Century Children’s Writers, Third Edition

Bibliography - horse books only

The Little Red Pony

George G Harrap & Co, London, 1960, 89 pp. Illus Dick De Wilde

Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1962, 94 pp. Illus Dick De Wilde

Farmer Klauss is tricked into taking a little red pony in exchange for his two
good work horses, when a group of gypsies convince him the pony has unusual
magic powers. When the farmer discovers the pony is just a pony, he enlists the
help of his wife, his cowherd and a policeman to recover his good horses. The
little gipsy girl Rosalita misses her little red pony, and helps the farmer and the
others play a magic trick of their own on the gypsies.

Galloping Fred

Faber & Faber, London, 1953, 204 pp, illus A E Kennedy


A collection of 15 short stories, which include one about a donkey, Fred. Fred starts off giving children rides on the
beach, but runs away.