Ann Nolan Clark (1896-1995)

Award-winning American children's author, well known for her books featuring the Native American culture. Born in Las Vegas in 1896. She worked as an English teacher for a number of years before becoming a teacher of Native American Indian children in various schools. As the schools were usually very poor she began to write books herself to use in the school room. Her experiences with the Indian peoples was to inspire a number of books about them. Later she travelled to various South American countries such as Mexico, Peru and Ecuador. These travels also inspired more books including The Secret of the Andes which won the Newbery Medal in 1953.

Two of her books included horses, one set in Ireland, perhaps inspired by the fact she had an Irish grandfather.



Horse & Pony Books:

HOOFPRINT ON THE WIND
(VIKING [USA] 1972)
ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT ANDREW PARKER
SUMMARY: Set in Ireland. Young Patcheen spots a beautiful chestnut Connemara roaming wild on the island where lives, but no-one else has seen the pony and they believe he has imagined it. Is his dream horse real or not?

BLUE CANYON HORSE
(VIKING USA] 1954)
ILLUSTRATED BY ALLAN HOUSER
Reprinted in hardback a number of times by original publisher.

Collector's Info:
Both are reasonably easy to find in the USA. Prices tend to vary a lot so shop around. Hard to find elsewhere and may be expensive.