Adrian, Mary

About the author

Mary Adrian (1908–95) was an American author. Her book The American Mustang was part of a series on American animals, aimed at the preservation of threatened species. Other titles included American Alligator and American Prairie Chicken – this last not quite such a strange thing as it might sound to British ears. She also wrote several other animal-based books for children, as well as a mystery series, of which her other horse book, The Indian Horse Mystery, is part.

Finding the books
Both books are easy to find in the USA. Neither was published in the UK.

Links and sources
Terri A Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Mary Adrian on Library Thing
Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Indian Horse Mystery

Hastings House, New York, 1966, 126 pp, illus Lloyd Coe

Hap, Kathie and Yakima Indian Jim are investigating the disappearance of cattle from the Hanging Rock Ranch. This is all mixed up with Jim trying to tame a wild grey mare.

The American Mustang

Hastings House, New York; 1964., 61 pp, illus Genevieve Vaughan-Jackson

This I think is non fiction, and is the story of a mustang from foalhood to maturity.