Ponies, ponies, ponies
René Guillot (1900-
He wrote two books about horses: The Wild White Stallion, set in the Camargue, and Riders of the Wind. The Wild White Stallion was based on the film Crin Blanc (White Mane), a short (47 minute) film directed by Albert Lamorisse and released in 1953. The film is available, with The Red Balloon, on DVD and Blu-
Finding the books: The Wild White Stallion is reasonably easy to find in hardback, though prices do vary. It is very easy to find in its British paperback translation. The American edition is usually ex library, but is not impossible to find.
Sources and Links:
Crin Blanc: Hachette, Paris, 1959
George Harrap & Sons, London, 1961. Trans Gwen Marsh, illus Jean Reschofsky. 159 pp.
Franklin Watts, New York, 1961
Beaver Books, London, pb, 1978
There are many translations in other languages too.
Folco first sees White Crest as a foal, who very soon meets difficulties after his mother is
stolen from the herd. Folco believes he has been given White Crest by the rancher after he
fails to catch him, but owning a wild Carmargue stallion is not easy.
Les Cavaliers du Vent (Riders of the Wind)
Les Cavaliers du Vent: Editions Magnards, Paris, illus J de la Fontinelle, 207 pp.
Methuen, London, 1960. Trans George H Bell, illus Richard Kennedy. (Left)
Rand McNally, Chicago, 1961. Trans George H Bell, 174 pp.
White Lion, London, 1975, 190 pp. (Right)
Calvi, a native of Nantes, journeys to Africa. “Through Riders of the Wind run two haunting
gentle wind of the river and the tormenting, tormented wind of the desert.”