Hastings, Howard L

About the author

Howard L Hastings was an author and illustrator. Biographical detail about him is difficult to find. What can be ascertained is that he illustrated more than he wrote; one of the few titles he both wrote and illustrated is this horse book Top Horse of Crescent Ranch. He illustrated books for several children’s writers, including four of David Stone’s Yank Brown books, and four of the Hunniwell Boys series.

Finding the book
Very easy to find, and is now available as a print-on-demand title, if you want to take that risk.

Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
National Library of Congress

Bibliography (horse books only)

Top Horse of Crescent Ranch

Cupples & Leon Company, New York, 1942, 248 pp, illus the author

Helen and Charlie help to rescue a colt which almost drowns in a downpour. They name the colt Sunlight, and train him to be quite an all rounder: he is a ranch horse, racer and a polo pony.