Ponies, ponies, ponies
Alida Malkus (1895 -
She maintained her interest in South America, and it inspired most of her books.
Finding the books: Colt of Destiny is easy to find in its US printing, but very difficult indeed in the British. Sidi is not particularly easy to find.
Links and sources
Alida Malkus’ papers are in the de Grummond collection
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Thank you to Lisa Catz for the photograph and summary.
Colt of Destiny -
John C Winston Company, Philadelphia, 1950, 244 pp, illus Manning de V Lee
Hamish Hamilton, London,1953, 243 pp
The capture and training of wild horses which escaped from early Spanish settlers was an
important task for the people in sixteenth century California. Young Jaime Otero played an important
part in the early development of the state. He captures Starlight and her mate, and painstakingly
trains horses that were bred into a strain invaluable to later American pioneers. He also fought
cruel Spanish landowners and savage Indians, and supports Father Junipero Serra in establishing
Sidi, Boy of the Desert
Winston, 1956, illus Manning de V Lee
Ali is given a mare, Yasmin. Her black foal he gives to his son Sidi, but unfortunately Ibn Mahmoud
has vowed to take both horses himself.