Jocelyn Arundel

American author of a number of children's books, many with a South African theme. She wrote a handful of pony stories, two set against the unusual backdrop of the Bahamas, and also a story about a zebra which links the pony and South African theme. I have included this book here as I consider all zebra and donkey stories as part of the pony book genre!

Ms. Arundel was lucky enough to have a superb illustrator - Wesley Dennis - to illustrate all her pony books.

Horse & Pony Books:

JINGO WILD HORSE OF ABACO
(WHITTLESEY HOUSE/McGRAW HILL [USA] 1959)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
Also published in Germany
SUMMARY: Story of wild horses set on the Bahamas, and the two very different people who are interested in them.

DUGAN AND THE HOBO
(WHITTLESEY HOUSE/McGRAW HILL [USA] 1960)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Dugan is a small lonely thoroughbred who is not exactly the star of the racing stables where he lives. But things change when he meets a boy named Jerry and a hobo called Clover….

WHITECAP'S SONG
(WHITTLESEY HOUSE/McGRAW HILL [USA] 1962)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Set in the Bahamas. Alonzo loves both music and the wild mare Whitecap he is taming. When his guitar is broken it looks like he may have to choose between them.

SHOES FOR PUNCH
(WHITTLESEY HOUSE/McGRAW HILL [USA] 1964)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Younger children's story about a Shetland pony who can't wait to wear shoes.

LITTLE STRIPE, AN AFRICAN ZEBRA
(HASTINGS HOUSE [USA] 1967)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN KAUFMANN
SUMMARY: The story of a zebra foal growing up in the Serengeti Plains of South Africa.

Collector's Info:
All fairly easy to find in America. Elsewhere, they can be quite rare. An exception is Germany, where Jingo was also published and is easy to find there.