Jean Bailey (1904 - 1992)

American author. She was born in Kansas and raised on a farm. She wrote a handful of children's stories including a historical pony story set in the world of harness racing. This won the William Allen White Children's Book Award in 1955 and placed her amongst the very few writers whose pony stories have won awards.

As well as an author she worked as a teacher and librarian.




Horse and Pony Books:

CHEROKEE BILL: OKLAHOMA PACER
ABINGDON PRESS [USA] 1952)
ILLUSTRATED BY PERS CROWELL
Reprinted in hardback by Houghton Mifflin in 1970.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Houghton Mifflin edition.
SUMMARY: Historical horse story. Along with hundreds of other settlers living in tents and covered wagons along the Kansas-Oklahoma border, twelve-year-old David Rutledge and his parents waited for the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Cherokee Bill, a stray horse, plays a big part in claiming the family's homestead. The horse also turns out to be a prize-winning pacer.

Collector's Info:
Easy to find in the USA and usually quite cheap. Much harder to find elsewhere however.