About the author
Inez Hogan (1895–1973) wrote and illustrated many children’s books, including the Twins series of picture books about a wide range of animals. Two of the series feature equines: Mule Twins and the later Twin Colts. Twin Colts is set in America; if you object to “I eber done see” type dialogue from the black characters, this is not the book for you, but it is nevertheless affectionately done, and is a charming production. If I’m picking holes, you might also object (I do) to the breaking in of the colts at the age of two.
Inez Hogan was born in 1895 in Washington, D C and was educated at Wilson Teachers’ College, as she planned to fund studying art through working as a teacher. She did indeed teach, becoming a supervisor of art in the public schools of Washington. Whilst teaching, she managed to study at Corcoran Art School, the National School of Fine and Applied Art, the Berkshire Summer School of Art, Cape Cod Art School, and George Washington University. During a two-year break from teaching, she studied in Paris, but despite her desire to work full time as an artist when she returned, she had to take up teaching again. It was not until 1927, when her first children’s book, Little Black and White Lamb, was published that she was able to give up teaching. She wrote and illustrated more than 60 books.
Finding the books
Mule Twins can be very expensive indeed, but is not impossible to find at a reasonable price (though the UK Dent printing is extremely tricky to track down). Twin Colts is much more reasonable.
Links and sources
Inez Hogan on Wikipedia
Many of Inez Hogan’s papers are at the University of Oregon Library
Some of Inez Hogan’s papers are at the Children’s Literature Research Collections, University of Michigan
Bibliography (horse books only)
E P Dutton & Co, New York, 1939, 49 pp
J M Dent & Sons, London, 1947, 54 pp, illus the author
Mules are notorious for their stubbornness, and that’s what Zeke and Zack are. They keep
right on sitting instead of doing what they are supposed to do.
E P Dutton & Co, New York, 1944, 49 pp, illus the author
J M Dent & Sons, London, 1947, 53 pp, illus the author
Silver Cloud gives birth to twin colts, Sniff and Snort. This is the story of how they explore their world, meet Christine and Christopher, and learn that being ridden “is more fun than anything