Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Horse For Claudia And Dennis (1958)

A Horse For Claudia And Dennis

Natlee Kenoyer and Rutherford Montgomery

1958, Duell, Sloan And Pearce

"There's something about the love for a horse that stays with you."

12-year-old Claudia and 14-year-old Dennis have been working for a year to save the money to buy a horse, and now that their parents have bought a 1-acre property, their dreams come true. But before Uncle Tom takes them shopping, he makes them fix up the place, and the children quickly learn that owning a horse isn't all riding and goofing around.

A plain, straightforward book with plenty of information about keeping and riding horses. The children learn to ride Blaze, and compete with him in two Western shows, while working hard at odd jobs to earn his keep. When a jealous neighbor boy steals Blaze, they even make a new friend, who gets a pony of his own. Uncle Tom, who stands in for their father (away serving in the military) is a gentle, patient teacher, and the sibling squabbles are convincing without being nasty. Best of all, they manage to create a decent living space for their horse with spare lumber and materials, for an unusually DIY approach.

The illustrations are unusual, being rather basic, but the illustrator, Carol Wetmore, was only a teenager at the time of their execution.


Blaze - chestnut gelding with blaze and 3 stockings

Speck - black and white pony gelding

Other books by Kenoyer


The Moon God's Daughter (1974)
Claudia's Five-Dollar Horse (1960)


The Western Horse: A Handbook (1962)

Gymkhana Games (1972)

The Firehorses Of San Francisco (1970)

Three Children And A Firehorse (1969)

Other books by Montgomery


Big Red: A Wild Stallion

El Blanco, The Legend Of The White Stallion

Midnight, Wild Stallion Of The West

Crazykill Range

The Capture Of The Golden Stallion (aka The Golden Stallion)

The Golden Stallion's Revenge

The Golden Stallion To The Rescue

The Golden Stallion's Victory

The Golden Stallion And The Wolf Dog

The Golden Stallion's Adventure At Redstone

The Golden Stallion And The Mysterious Feud



Yellow Eyes

Pekan The Shadow


The Living Wilderness

A Kinkajou On The Town

Seecatch: The Story Of A Fur Seal

Hill Ranch

Jets Away!

A Saddlebag Of Tales (editor)

The Defiant Heart

Killdeer House

Gray Wolf
Ghost Town Adventure

McNulty's Holiday



High Country


Kent Barstow

Yankee Flier

About the authors

Natlee Kenoyer


Former president of the Western Writers of America, an organization which promotes Western-themed literature and gives out the Spur Awards each year.

Rutherford Montgomery


Montgomery was a prolific writer of juvenile fiction set in the West with wild animals and horses as major characters, using his own name plus several pen names. He was a writer for Disney, and The Capture Of The Golden Stallion was made into a 1959 film, Mustang! and El Blanco was based on a Disney movie.

Links - Kenoyer

Western Writers of America

de Grummond collection

Links - Montgomery

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