Ponies and Caravans

The third and the last of the Bunts series, Ponies and Caravans was published in 1941. Although it was published during World War II, the world it reflects is one where the only dark clouds on the horizon are little ones, and they soon blow over. The children, and some of the adults we’ve met in other books, travel down to Dartmoor together in caravans so that they can buy some of the best Dartmoor ponies in the country. The charmed world in this book has a particular poignancy when you realise that its earliest readers were living a life of rationing, bombing raids and the threat of invasion. ‘Ponies and Carvans’ must have seemed like a glimpse into another, and kindlier world.

Also by these authors in this series

The Ponies of Bunts
Sea Ponies
Ponies and Caravans

Originally published: 1941


This trilogy is gorgeous. Beautifully written. Swallows and Amazons with ponies instead of sailing dingies. (MD)

Of its time in writing style the book starts with a very appealing cover and then there’s a good mix of characters and an interesting storyline. This is the third book of a trilogy but each can be read as a stand alone story, and of the three I personally like this one the best. Recommended. (Dawn)