Baumann, Hans

About the author

Hans Baumann was born in Amberg, Upper Palatinate, and worked as a teacher in Bavaria. He started his literacy career writing poems, some of which he set to music. Before the war, he wrote plays which were produced in the State Theatre, Berlin and the Burg Theatre Vienna. He served at the Russian front during the war, and was taken prisoner in France. He continued to write after the war, while he worked as a labourer, and wrote several widely translated books for children, including Jackie the Pit Pony

Finding the book
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Sources and links
Dustjacket of Jackie the Pit Pony


Originally published as Hänschen in der Grübe, Ensslin & Laiblin Verlag, Reutlingen
Oxford University Press, London, 1958, illus Ulrik Schramm

Jackie is a pony from the Steppes:  freedom means everything to him, and he refuses to be tamed by the farmer who owns him.  So, they sell him to a man who owns a mine. Although he likes the mine owner’s daughter, he rebels again when he is set to work, but at least he realises there are other things in life besides the sun.