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Dorothy Childs Hogner

Dorothy Childs lived in Connecticut most of her life, though she studied at the University of New Mexico (where she met her husband, Nils Hogner) and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. She married Nils Hogner in 1932, and the two worked on many books together. He illustrated most of her books, many of which were aimed at the younger child reader. She and her husband specialised in growing culinary herbs, about which she wrote a book, as well as several travel books.

Finding the books: all are reasonably easy to find in the USA. Only Stormy had a UK publication, and it is very easy to find.

Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

A little biographical information

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Dusty’s Return

Oxford University Press, New York, 1950, 190 pp, illus Nils Hogner, 190 pp

Disney made a film based on the book:  Wild Burro of the West


Bibliography - horse books only

The Education of a Burro

Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1936, illus Nils Hogner

Stormy, the First Mustang

Oxford University Press, 1941, 151 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Hutchinson, London, hb, 1944, 127 pp

An historical story: when the Spaniards had to release their horses on the
shores of the Gulf of Mexico, most of them could not cope. Stormy, who
was just a baby, was able to adjust and survive.

Daisy, a Farm Fable

Oxford University Press, New York, 1949, 48 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Daisy’s mother was a work horse, and Daisy was determined she was not going to work as
her mother did. She tried to turn herself into an elegant horse.

Reward for Brownie

Oxford University Press, New York, 1944, 28 pp, illus Nils Hogner

Brownie is a police horse, entering retirement.

Lady Bird

Oxford University Press, New York, 1938, 47 pp, illus Nils Hogner

The Horse Family

Oxford University Press, New York, 1953, 70 pp, illus Nils Hogner

This I think is non fiction.

Our American Horse
Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1944, 114 pp, illus Nils Hogner

This book covers the American horse from Eohippus to the horse in 1940s America, taking in the
introduction of the horse to North America by Cortez, the horse in the opening up of the West, and
a gallop through Morgans, Police Horses, the Pony Express and much more.

Non fiction