Kjelgaard, Jim

About the author

Jim Kjelgaard (1910–59) grew up on a large farm in the Pennsylvania mountains, where he was a prolific reader. The family had to sell the farm, and moved to Galeton, Pennsylvania. After an early writing career producing articles for outdoor and nature magazines, Kjelgaard started writing stories. He wrote over 40 books (of which horse stories were a very small part), the vast majority being about dogs. Probably the best known is Big Red, which was made into a film by Disney. He contributed stories to the Famous Dogs series.

Finding the books
Easy to find. Wild Horse Roundup is available as print on demand.

Links and sources
Jim Kjelgaard on Wikipedia
More on Jim Kjelgaard
Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography

Bibliography (horse books only)

Two Dogs and a Horse

Dodd Mead & Company, New York, 1964, 95 pp, illus Sam Savitt
Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club edition.

A dog who is wrongfully accused of killing his elderly master, and is forced to hide in the wild. Luckily he finds a man who believes in him. The second story is about a disabled boy’s attempt to tame the wild black stallion known as a killer. The last story is about a lonely abandoned dog, who, while fending for himself, strikes up a friendship with an injured goose who spends his time on a lake, while waiting for a broken wing to heal.

Wild Horse Roundup

Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1957

A collection of stories.


The Black Horse

In Teen-Age Horse Stories, ed David Thomas
Grosset & Dunlap, 1950, illus Richard Osborne.