Ponies, ponies, ponies
Mary Calhoun published her first children’s book, Making the Mississippi Shout, in 1957. She has written over fifty children’s books, of which The Horse Comes First is a horse book. Old Man’s Whickutt’s Donkey is a re-
Finding the books: all are reasonably easy to find in the USA, though Donkey is on the expensive side. None were printed in the UK.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
A little biographical information
Mary Calhoun as the Instant Grandma
Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.
The Horse Comes First
Atheneum, New York, 1974, 188 pp, illus John Gretzer
Randy’s grandfather and aunt have harness racing horses, and Randy goes to spend the
summer with them. There she finds that the horses really do come first.
Old Man Whickutt’s Donkey
Parent’s Magazine Press, New York, 1975, 41 pp, illus. Tomie de Paola
A retelling of La Fontaine’s fable, in which a man, a boy and a donkey are on their way to the miller
with a sack of corn. No matter who walks and who rides, they are criticized.
Cowboy Cal and the Outlaw
William Morrow & Company, 1961, 48pp, illus Frank Nicholas
An early reader. Cal is a cowboy, whose pride and joy is his new saddle. Just when the saddle
is broken in and the way he likes it, he is asked to break an outlaw horse. Unfortunately the horse
takes off, complete with the precious saddle but without Cal. Cal pursues the horse.