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.
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.
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.