Ponies, ponies, ponies
Eleanor Hoffman was a reasonably prolific author. She was born in Belmont, Massachusetts to achieving parents; her father was Ralph Hoffman, a well known naturalist and ornithologist, author of A Guide to the Birds of New England and Eastern New York (1904), the first field guide to focus on everything necessary to identify a bird: field marks, behaviour, habitat, call notes and songs. Eleanor Hoffman’s mother was Gertrude Wesselhoeft Hoffman, a German-
Finding the books: The Tall Stallion is very hard to find. As it is illustrated by Paul Brown, it will be expensive. Summer at Horseshoe Ranch and Trouble at Sweet Spring Ranch are also very difficult to find. The White Mare of the Black Tents is not particularly common; Sierra Sally is findable, as is Melika. Son of the Black Tents, the UK printing of White Mare of the Black Tents, is findable in the UK. No other title had a UK publication.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Dustjacket of Trouble at Sweet Springs Ranch
Many thanks to Lisa Catz and Alison MacCallum for the photographs and information.
The Tall Stallion
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1950, illus Paul Brown, 180 pp.
Tom and Bess live on the California Rancho Cabrillo, where their father is the foreman. When the
ranch is sold, though their father will remain in charge of the prize Hereford cattle, the cattle will
take second place to the breeding and training of thoroughbred show horses. The children are
initially unhappy, but Copper, the handsome stallion, three lovely mares, and their friendly trainer,
Fred, begin to change their minds. When the ranch is in a financial crisis, the children secretly
train the horses to be good cattle horses as well as show horses to make them more useful.
Summer at Horseshoe Ranch
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1957, 306 pp
Karen sells her favourite mare, a palomino called Star Dust to Jack. She thinks Jack is the right
owner, but little does she know that city girl Patsey will distract Jack so much he forgets about
White Mare of the Black Tents
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1949, 214 pp.
As Son of the Black Tents, Hutchinson, London, 1959, 160 pp
Young Omar is desperate to ride with the raiding party on his white war mare Bayeeda. However,
the mare is captured, and Omar is threatened with having to betray his King in order to get the
Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1944, 139 pp, illus Louis Lundeen
Sally is a cowpony, but she hates cows. Sally wants to explore. She wants to be a pack horse, or
trail horse. She fights her breaking-
gets her chance for excitement when she helps fight a canyon fire. After the fire, Sally and her rider,
Red, are heroes, and Sally’s owner gives her to Red. Sally’s dream comes true as Red takes her
to his home in the Sierras. Again she proves her worth, when she comes to Red’s aid in an
Melika and Her Donkey
Frederick A Stokes Company, New York, 1937, 195 pp
Trouble at Sweet Springs Ranch
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1954, 237 pp, illus Algot Stenbery
American Girl Book of Horse Stories
Illus Sam Savitt
Fiesta Parade by Eleanor Hoffman