Little Brown, Boston, 1955, illus Paul Brown, 225 pp.
Civilians are now allowed to be in the Olympic team, and Pam’s friend Bill suggests
she try out for the team. Pam has a rival in Mary Atwater; both for her place in
the team, and in Bill’s affections.
Pamela and the Blue Mare
Little Brown, Boston, 1952, illus Paul Brown, 217 pp.
Nine-year-old Pamela Paget is afraid of horses, although her family is heavily involved
in the horse world. She goes to spend the summer on her grandfather’s farm, and agrees
as long as she doesn’t have to go near a horse. A filly is born, and when her mother
is too weak to care for her, the filly is brought into the house to be nursed. Pamela
falls for the foal, and when she returns to her mother, has to overcome her fear.
Pamela gradually learns to ride while she waits for Frosty to be old enough to back,
but then her grandfather is offered a lot of money for Frosty....
Alice Louise O’Connell (1907- ) wrote two horse books about Pamela, and her mare,
Frosty Morning. Both titles are stratospherically expensive when compared with the
average horse book: as far as I can tell, neither was reprinted, and both are lavishly
illustrated by Paul Brown, with double page illustrations. The Paul Brown factor
usually means a price hike.
Alice O’Connell was born in Minneapolis and lived in Minnesota, from which university
she studied for a Masters in education. She worked as the Head of Aquatics and Instructor
of Physical Education at Winthrop College in South Carolina, and was known for breeding
and judging AKC Norwegian Elkhounds.
Many thanks to Lisa Catz and Amanda Dolby for the photographs.
Finding the books: both books are extremely expensive. Neither was were published
in the UK.