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Justin Morgan Had a Horse

1945, Chicago, Wilcox & Follett, illus Wesley Dennis

Singing teacher, Justin Morgan, took a nondescript colt as part payment of a debt owed to him.
Little Bub became the foundation sire of the Morgan horse breed. The unlikely colt proved to
be a faster trotter, stronger draft horse and faster race horse than anything matched against
him, despite his small size of only about 14 hands. All his foals resembled him no matter what
they were bred from.

The Little Fellow

1945, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, illus Diana Thorne

Rand, McNally & Company, New York, 1973, illus Rich Rudish
Reprinted in paperback

Now considered politically incorrect because of its stereotypical use of “negro” slang. It's
the story of Chip, a thoroughbred foal, who is the pet of the family until Strawberry, a younger
foal, is born. Jealous of Strawberry, Chip eventually learns they really can be good friends
when he has to rely on the young Strawberry to help him swat flies.

Misty of Chincoteague

Rand McNally & Company, NY, 1947, illustrated by Wesley Dennis

Rand McNally & Company, NY., n.d., BCE, 157 pp. Illus Don Bolognese
Collins, London, 1961, illus Wesley Dennis, 173 pp.

Reprinted in pb by Armada, London in pb 1968, 1970, 1971, 1977

The Beebe children, Paul and Maureen long for a pony of their own. They
follow the wild mare Phantom, who has a foal, Misty. They rescue Phantom
but have to let her go when she cannot settle. Misty, however, becomes the
foundation of a line of ponies kept by the Beebes.

King of the Wind

Rand McNally & Company, 1948, illus Wesley Dennis

Constable & Co, 1957, illus Sheila Rose
Collins, London, 1968, illus Wesley Dennis

Armada, London, pb, 1971, illus Wesley Dennis

This is the story of the Godolphin Arabian, Sham, one
of the foundation stallions of the Thoroughbred. It takes
him from his difficult birth in Tunisia through to his
eventual acceptance as an exceptional stallion,
accompanied throughout by his horseboy, Agba.

Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1949, illus Wesley Dennis

Collins, London, 1968, illus Wesley Dennis

Armada Lions, London, 1972, 1976

Misty is shipped away from Chincoteague and Paul and Maureen struggle
to raise the young orphan Sea Star. Too young to eat on his own, they work
to find a nurse mare for the baby. They succeed and Sea Star and his new
mother join the Beebe family.

Born to Trot

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1950, illus Wesley Dennis

Gibson White wants badly to follow in his father's footsteps as a trainer and driver of racing
Standardbreds (Benjamin White won The Hambletonian four times) but unfortunately, is taken
ill. While he is ill, the filly, Rosalind is born. Ben gives the filly to his son hoping that following
her growth and training will help him recover. Rosalind becomes a great race mare, setting the
trotting record of 1:56 3/4 for a mile and 1:58 1/4 in double harness with the champion trotter,

Greyhound. She was also a successful brood mare when retired from racing.

Album of Horses

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1951, 112pp, illus Wesley Dennis

A book of horse facts and stories, and of course, wonderful pictures.

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, 1953, illus Wesley Dennis

Collins, London, 1970, illus Wesley Dennis

Brighty was a wild burro living in the Grand Canyon of Arizona, "tamed" by an old prospector
when he found the burro in bad shape after a run in with a porcupine. When the old timer
suddenly disappears, the sheriff and Uncle Jimmy Owen, a lion hunter, suspect foul play. Through
the following years, Brighty splits his time between living in the Grand Canyon during the cold

winters and journeying up to Uncle Jimmy's ranch during the summers.

Misty the Wonder Pony

Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, 1956, 28pp. Illus Clare McKinley

A version of Misty for the younger reader.

Black Gold

Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, 1957, illus Wesley Dennis

This is an account of Black Gold, who won the 1924 Kentucky Derby. His mother, U-See-It,
was banned from racing. Black Gold’s own racing career ended with a hoof injury.

Gaudezia, Pride of the Palio

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1960

Collins, London, 1970, illus Lynd Ward

Republished as The Wildest Horse Race in the World
Republished as Palio, Fontana pb, London,1976

Gaudenzia, a grey half-Arabian mare, and Giorgio Terni, a boy from the Maremma marshes in
Italy enter the Palio. Giorgio was one of these riders and rode Gaudenzia to victory as well as

having to race against her in another Palio race as rider for a different contrada.

All About Horses

Random House, New York, 1962, illus Wesley Dennis and with

WH Allen, 1963

Five O’Clock Charlie

Rand McNally & Company, NY, 1962, not paginaged, illus Wesley Dennis

Collins, London,1963, illus Wesley Dennis

Charlie is a English work horse, a Suffolk Punch cross. He and his master always go to
the Boar's Head Inn at five o'clock when work is done and Charlie gets an apple tart treat
from Birdie, the cook, while his master goes in for refreshment. When Charlie is retired, he
dearly misses his daily treat and solves the problem by knocking down a fence rail and
taking himself to the Boar's Head every day at five o'clock, becoming a regular scene in
the village.

Portfolio of Horses

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1952, illus Wesley Dennis with 23 colour plates

A collection of 23 loose colour plates, together with a commentary.

Stormy, Misty’s Foal

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1963, illus Wesley Dennis

Collins, London, 1965, illus Wesley Dennis
Armada, London, pb, 1968, 1972

When a hurricane struck in the 60's, both Chincoteague and Assateague
were evacuated. Grandpa Beebe brought them into the barn on top of their
hay pile and put Misty, now in foal, inside their house and hoped for the best.
The Beebe ponies survived and Misty foaled safely but many of the
Assateague herd perished in the storm.

White Stallion of Lipizza

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1964, illus Wesley Dennis

Blackie, London, 1976, illus Wesley Dennis

This is the story of the Spanish Riding School's famous stallion, Maestoso Borina, who
teaches a young rider, Hans, from a beginning rider to performing beireter. Borina is a real
horse but Hans was developed from numerous young riders who have been under the tutelage
of Alois Podhajsky.

Mustang, Wild Spirit of  the West

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1966, illus Robert Hougheed

Collins, London,1968, illus Robert Lougheed

Wild Horse Annie overcame polio in her youth, and grew up in the west loving the wild
horses which roamed free. However, many ranchers resented the wild horses which
grazed feed they felt was needed for cattle and rounded up the wild herds for slaughter.
Annie followed a truck load of wild horses dripping blood, and began a campaign to stop
the slaughter of the wild mustangs. The publicity she created eventually brought about a
Bill to protect the free roaming wild horses from slaughter and provide a refuge for them. 

Dear Readers and Riders

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1969

Republished as Dear Marguerite Henry

A collection of letters to Marguerite Henry and her answers to readers asking questions about
all of her books which had been published up to this time. It's a fascinating collection of
background facts. There are pictures of the real Misty, the real Brighty, her Morgan horse,
Friday, Gibson White and Rosalind, the real Gaudenzia, the actors from the MISTY movie,
Wild Horse Annie and much more.

San Domingo, Medicine Hat Stallion

Rand McNally, Chicago, 1972
Collins, London, 1975 and 1977, illus Robert Lougheed

Republished as Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion

A story of  early life on the American prairie. Peter Lundy is the son of Jethro
Lundy, a trader. Jethro has  an Indian pony with the rare medicine hat markings,
which has a similarly marked foal which Peter names San Domingo. The mare
was stolen from Indians, and Peter trades with the chief to keep the foal. Tragedy
strikes when Peter and San Domingo have to join the Pony Express.

A Pictorial History of Misty

Rand McNally & Company, NY., 1976, 140 pp., illus Wesley Dennis

This is a pictorial story of Misty: her life with Marguerite Henry, her promotional tours for the movie,
her return to the Beebes and her many foals, grandfoals and great grandfoals. There are photos
of the final "life" of Misty, stuffed and exhibited on the Beebe farm and many photos of her
children. Interestingly, there are a few photos of Sunshine, the dam of Misty's Twilight.

One Man’s Horse

Rand McNally & Company, NY, 1950 & 1977, 103 pp, illus Wesley Dennis

This story was originally included within the story of  Born to Trot. Marguerite Henry later brought
it out as this separate book and added a final chapter on the history of the Standardbred breed
and the growth of harness racing. It has many portraits of famous Standardbreds including many
of George Ford Morris' works - a highly collectible artist.

Our First Pony

Rand McNally & Company, NY., 1984, n.p., illus Rich Rudish

Justin and Joey Franklin, twin boys, live on a farm but they want a pony. They are offered a
piebald pony called Midge, who, it turns out, is in foal to a Welsh pony stallion. The boys care
for Midge until she foals one night presenting them with twin pintos. Unfortunately, one baby
is a runt and is too weak to nurse so the boys work with the vet to save Teeny, the foal, while
Midge cares for Friday, the stronger foal. Of course, with much care, they are successful.

Misty’s Twilight
Macmillan Publishing Company, NY, 1992, 143 pp, illus Karen haus Grandpré

Dr Sandy Price visits what's left of the Beebe farm and sees many of Misty's descendants.
She buys a pony called Sunshine, which produces a pinto filly which Sandy names Misty's
Twilight. When Sandy tries to place the horse with a prominent trainer as a cutting horse,
she runs into discrimination as Chincoteague ponies (and pintos) aren't supposed to be
able to compete against quarter horses. Twilight is then trained as a jumper, and then as a
dressage pony. She goes on to win the American Horse Shows Association Zone IV award
as well as the Pinto Horse Association All-Breed Award. A remarkable pony!

Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, NY, 1996, 79 pp, illus Bonnie Shields

Molly loves horses. When her father takes her to a horse sale she is thrilled, but they can
only afford an old mare, Lady Sue, who then produces a mule foal. Brown Sunshine proves
to be an exceptional mule and is chosen as the King Mule in the Tennessee State contest.

The Illustrated Marguerite Henry
Rand McNally & Company, NY, 1980, 128 pp, illus Wesley Dennis, Robert Lougheed, Lynd Ward
and Rich Rudish. 

A factual book with data on the four major artists who illustrated Marguerite Henry's books. The
major portion covers Wesley Dennis but there's lots of background on the other three as well
and reproductions of black & white and colour illustrations from the various books they illustrated.
The format is slightly larger than the usual Marguerite Henry hard cover editions.  


Misty Makes a Movie

Rand McNally & Company with 20th Century Fox, 1961, n.p.
This is a Little Golden Book, and is based on the Marguerite Henry MISTY book. Author not stated. It is the story of the 20th Century Fox film MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE with colour photo illustrations from the movie. An interesting collectible.

1993 Album of Horses: A Pop-Up Book

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OTHER BOOKS - non horse

1940 Auno and Tauno: A Story of Finland
1940 Dilly Dally Sally (illustrated by Gladys Rourke Blackwood)
1941 Alaska in Story and Pictures
1941 Canada in Story and Pictures
1941 Mexico in Story and Pictures
1941 West Indies in Story and Pictures
1942 Birds at Home
1942 Geraldine Belinda
1943 Their First Igloo On Baffin Island
1943 Argentina in Story and Pictures
1943 Brazil in Story and Pictures
1943 Chile in Story and Pictures
1943 Panama in Story and Pictures
1946 Australia in Story and Pictures
1944 A Boy and a Dog 1945 Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
1946 Bermuda in Story and Pictures
1946 British Honduras in Story and Pictures
1946 Dominican Republic in Story and Pictures
1946 Hawaii in Story and Pictures (illustrated by Kurt Weise)
1946 New Zealand in Story and Pictures
1946 Virgin Islands in Story and Pictures
1947 Always Reddy (also published as Shamrock Queen)
1947 Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin (illustrated by Wesley Dennis)
1949 Little-or-Nothing from Nottingham
1955 Wagging Tails: Album of Dogs
1956 Cinnabar, the One O'Clock Fox (illustrated by Wesley Dennis)
1959 Muley-Ears, Nobody's Dog (illustrated by Wesley Dennis)
1971 Stories from Around the World