Ponies, ponies, ponies
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Pam Muñoz Ryan has written over 25 books, several of which have won awards. She was born and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, California. She became hooked on books after she spent many hot summers in the local library, which was air-
Ryan had only ridden a few times when the idea for Paint the Wind came to her. Since then she has had hundreds of lessons, and has “developed an impassioned respect and affection for equus caballus, the horse.” When she isn’t writing, she likes to “to read, travel, go to movies (I love movies and theatre), get together with my family and ride horses.”
Finding the books: both are still in print and readily available in both the USA and UK.
Links and sources
Pam Muñoz Ryan’s website
Paint the Wind
Scholastic, New York, 2007, 327 pp
Issued as an Audio Book.
Maya is a captive in her grandmother’s California house. She is not allowed to play or have friends;
and everything she says and does is monitored. She has created her own imaginary world, in
Wyoming, where a tobiano paint horse called Artemesia roams free with her foal and a band of
Scholastic, New York, 1992, 138 pp, illus Brian Selznick
This is the fictionalised biography of Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst, the first woman to vote in
California. An orphan, the staff at the orphanage prevented her from being adopted, leaving her
to work with the horses. It was through horses that she was able to escape after her friend was
adopted, and disguised, she pursues her dream of driving a stagecoach.