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Alice E Goudey

Danny Boy

Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1952, 95 pp, illus Paul Brown



The carnival is coming to Pleasantville, and what the children of the town most want to see is
Danny Boy, the performing pony. Danny Boy leaves the carnival to live in Pleasantville, and this
is his story.

Alice E Goudy (1989 - 1982) was born in Kansas, and educated at Kansas University. She taught, and started working in the publishing trade during World War I. Her husband, Earl, entered the military, and Alice acted as his substitute, working with a publisher of trade magazines. When her family arrived, she wanted to find a way of working and remaining at home. Having always believed strongly in education, and having taught children, she decided to write for them. She spent a year researching children’s literature, and enrolled in the Workshop for Writing for Children at the New School for Social Research in New York City.


Her resulting books were mostly about American wildlife. She was responsible for the Here Come The... Series, written during the 1950s. Her books The Day We Saw The Sun Come Up and House By The Sea were runners-up for the Caldecott Award. The one pony book she wrote is a charming early reader about a pony which leaves the carnival. It is illustrated by Paul Brown.


Finding the book: reasonably easy to find though if you want a copy that’s not ex library that will be harder. The Paul Brown factor means prices can be high.


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