Blackie, 1929, 1940, 1950, illus Radcliffe Wilson
Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1984
In New Zealand Schoolgirl: an Ominibus of Hilda Stories
(contains Hilda at School, The Doings of Hilda, Hilda’s Adventures)
Blackie & Son Ltd, London, 1938, illus Radcliffe WilsonBlackie, 1958
As Hilda’s Adventures: adapted from Hilda at School
Blackie Graded Reader series, 1936
Nb: this is a completely different book from Hilda’s Adventures, 1938.
Don’t get too excited by the picture on the front: the pony content is minimal, but this is an excellent story. Hilda lives on a New Zealand sheep farm with her father and Lukey, who keeps house for them. Most of the pupils at her school can only get there by riding but this is more of a school than a horse story. The school is not at all conventional though: bunking off for the day is quite common, and both girls and boys get the strap on their hand every now and then but they take it as part of life’s rich tapestry, and carry on.
The Hilda Series
Hilda at School
The Doings of Hilda