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Priscilla Holton Neff

Priscilla Holton Neff wrote children’s early readers for Ginn. With Theodore Clymer, she wrote How It Is Nowadays, on teaching children to read. She also wrote children’s books for the confident reader, of which Little Miss Callie and Tressa’s Dream are two. Tressa’s Dream is her one horse book. It is highly unusual in that it features a goat, not the most common partner for a horse.

Finding the book: easy to find in the US. It was not published in the UK.

Links and sources

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

National Library of Congress

Thank you to Lisa Catz for the summary and picture.

Bibliography - horse books only

Tressa’s Dream

D McKay & Co, New York, 1965, 86 pp, illus Marcia Howe

When Tressa and her family move to the ranch her father grew up on, she believes it means her dream of

owning a chestnut filly will come true. Her father had his own horse here when he was her age. She

gets a stall ready, and one day, hearing something inside, she runs to the stall. It’s a goat. She is
bitterly disappointed and wants nothing to do with the goat, Tillie. Tressa’s brother explains to her
that Tillie was borrowed so that Tressa could learn to look after an animal in preparation for getting
a horse. When she sees a neglected pony at the horse sale, she has to choose whether to let go her
dream of getting a splendid horse.