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Irmengarde Eberle

Irmengarde Eberle (1898 - 1979) was born in Texas, and came east after she graduated from Texas State Women’s University. She worked as an editor and writer, and as a reviewer of children’s books for the New York Herald Tribune’s book section. Her first children’s book was Picture Stories for Children, and by the end of her career she had written over 60 books, also writing under the names Allyn Allen and Phyllis Ann Carter. She was one of the originators of the Children’s Book Section of the Authors’ League, serving as its Chairman.

Her most famous series of books was the Lives Here series about animal habitats. Animals were the subject of many of her books, which included at least three (under her own name; and one as Allyn Allen) about horses.

Finding the books: availability, and pricing of all the titles is erratic. None were published in the UK.

Links and sources

Dustjacket of Mustang on the Prairie

Irmengarde Eberle’s papers are in the De Grummond Collection

Thank you to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Johnny’s Island Ark

Watts, New York, 1960, illus Sam Savitt

Johnny forgot to shut the gate after he rode Red Boy, and the cows got out and ruined Mr Rolf’s
garden. Johnny felt responsible, and tried to put the situation right by earning money to replace
the plants.

Bibliography - horse books only

Mustang on the Prairie

Doubleday & Company, Inc, New York, 1968, 89 pp, illus Joseph Cellini

Set during the time Texas won its independence from Mexico, when the Dennon family set out
on their journey to find a homestead near San Antonio. At the same time, a wild mustang colt is
born on the Texas prairie. The story follows the separate courses of the family and the colt, both
of whom have their share of struggles, but who are united in the end.

Pete and the Mouse

Abelard-Schumann, New York, 1964, 41 pp, illus Gerald Rose

A mouse tries to make friends with the plough horse Pete in his stall, but Pete is large, and his
stamping and snorting nearly drive the mouse away.