Ponies, ponies, ponies
Janet Randall (1919 -
She studied at the University of California, and there met her husband, Robert W Young. She married him in 1940, and while he published or edited weekly newspapers, she wrote occasional columns until having children put a stop to her newspaper career. Both husband and wife then worked as freelance writers, publishing work on “any subject they found saleable.” Their children did not share their parents’ interest in newspapers, their chief interest being mathematics. History does not relate whether the horse gene skipped them too.
Finding the books: none of the books were published in the UK, and are difficult to find here. They are however pretty easy to find in the USA. Miracle of Sage Valley, was not, at the time of writing, easy to find.
Links and sources
Dustjacket of Saddles for Breakfast
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for all her help with this page.
Saddles for Breakfast
David McKay, New York, 1961, 186 pp, illus Paul Laune
Book Club edition
A review of Saddles for Breakfast on Pony Book Chronicles
Robin Marshall was delighted for a respite from her large, befuddling family through her
summer job at her cousin’s riding academy in California. But it has lost its former prestige, and
its clientele need winning back from a rival stable. However Robin’s cousin, Butch, and his
mother don’t trust Robin’s ability to do anything, whether it’s ride or help them.
David McKay, New York, 1964, 184 pp, illus Emil Weiss
Lori lives with her parents in a remote Californian canyon. She is not
allowed to have a horse as the family have no corral, so she makes do with
the Ranger’s horses. One day a horse turns up which has been abandoned
by its owners, and which is free to anyone who can catch it. Lori does. To
her surprise, it is Kit, the foster sister with whom she does not get on, who
helps her build a corral, and the two girls learn to pull together.
David McKay, New York, 1963, 151 pp, illus Dorothy Bayley Morse
champion, who is away trying to earn money following the circuit. When he returns he has a
new wife. Maida, the new wife, and the children want Mr Warmack to give up the rodeo, so
persuade him to take on a pony ride concession. The ponies however are sick and starving.
The new school is a problem too.
David McKay, New York, 1964, 183 pp, illus Richard W Lewis (frontis)
Cara comes to live on a sheep ranch located in Burro Canyon. Once there was a herd of burros,
but now there are just nine left. No one save for Cara seems to be worried about the fate of the
burros. They are elusive. Cara becomes their defender, but is up against wild dogs, careless
hunters, and a cruel cowboy.
David McKay, New York, 120 pp, 1969, illus Ursula Koering
A story of the Nez Pearcé, who in 1877 were ordered to leave their lands for a smaller
reservation. Opposed to the move, the tribe packed up their possessions and underwent
a 2,000 mile journey, trying to reach the safety of Canada. The story is told from the point of
view of a fictional girl from the tribe, 12 year old Willow Girl, who is asked to carry the
“Buffalo Box“ and its contents.
Miracle of Sage Valley
Longmans, Green, New York, 1958, 185 pp, illus Brinton Turkle
Pat didn’t want to be sent to a dude ranch for the summer; she wanted to visit her father.
However, once there, she settled down, refound her love of riding and enjoyed her summer.