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Bessie Holland Heck

Bessie Holland Heck has written several ranch-themed books for children. Two of them, as far as I’m aware, are horse books. I’ve not been able to track any biographical information down about the author, so if anyone can help, I would be deeply grateful!


Finding the book: Neither book is expensive, though Cactus Kevin is the easier of the two to find. Neither were published in the UK.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

The De Grummond collection hold some of Bessie Holland Heck’s papers

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Cactus Kevin

World, 1965, 157 pp, illus Lorence Bjorklund



“Kevin has several mishaps after his family moves to their new ranch, and he fears that he will
never earn the right to own a horse, especially a horse like the palomino Jim.”

Bibliography - horse books only

Golden Arrow

Scribner, New York, 1981, 136 pp, illus Charles Robinson



“Randy offers to work on his grandfather’s farm, so that he can earn enough money to buy a
motorcycle, but after spending some time with the pregnant palomino mare Goldie, he decides
that he’d rather run a palomino horse ranch than be a professional motorcycle racer.”