Hamish Hamilton, London, 1939, 306 pp, illus Bobri.
A A Knopf, New York, 1939,
Hamish Hamilton, Big Reindeer Books, 1963 (revised), illus Marian Bryant
This is a story about Duster, a real New Forest Pony owned by the author’s son.
“Felicity, Peter, and Meg Morton, along with a school friend John, spend their holidays with an aunt, who runs a kennel. The Morton children own their own ponies, but each holiday, John rents a pony named Duster from a local farmer. When the children arrive for the summer holidays, they find there is a new rival kennel, undercutting Aunt Mary‘s prices, run by an unscrupulous man named Mr. Hinkler. When John goes to collect Duster, he is told that he is about to be sold to Mr. Hinkler. The children then have to try and earn enough to buy Duster themselves. Time is running out, and their last chance rests with Aunt Mary’s top Scottie, Hamish, who is sure to win prizes at the upcoming show. But right before the show, Hamish goes missing.”