Ponies, ponies, ponies
MacRae Smith, Philadelphia 1952, illus Manning de V Lee
Westminster Press, 1976
Scholastic pb, 1980
Image Cascade Press
Margo, Connie and Molly Macintyre and their mother decide to open a riding school as
they need to find a way of making money. Margo already has a horse, a tricky creature
called Scarlet Royal, and circumstances dictate he has to be sold, unfortunately to a girl
Margo doesn’t like. They’re kept busy running the riding school, however, and then board
a student, Neil Campbell, in exchange for help with the horses. Margo works at getting Scarlet Royal back, and there’s also a romance.
Anne Emery was born Anne Eleanor McGuigan in Fargo, North Dakota. She studied at Northwestern University, and then travelled with her family for a year, including a visit to her professor father’s birthplace in Northern Ireland. She also studied for nine months at the University of Grenoble in France. She then started teaching, but after she married John Emery, she resigned to raise her family (when the dustjacket biography was written, she had five.) Anne Emery wrote prolifically for the teenage reader from the 1950s to the 1970s, and was the author of the Sally and Jean Burnaby series. She wrote just the one horse book: Scarlet Royal.
Finding the book: Scarlet Royal had no British publication. It was often republished, and is easy, and cheap, to find in the United States. Her books, including Scarlet Royal have now been republished by Image Cascade Publishing, so if you want, you can buy a brand new copy.
Links and sources
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Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for all her help with biographical details, photographs, and the book’s contents.