New York: Macmillan Company, (1949). The Haders have created such charming, colorful illustrations full of life and action. Stated first printing. Squarish 4to. Green cloth binding stamped in black. Boards very slightly bowed.One faint finger smudge on fore-edge of title page. Otherwise this book is in beautiful, fine condition. / Crisp, colorful dust jacket with a tiny bit of soiling on the white area of the front panel.A few shallow chips and closed tears. Back flap has some creases. Item #188
Written for children ages 6-8. When Ben's father gave him an Indian pony, a little appaloosa, for his birthday, Ben's fondest dream was realized. He loved horses and was thrilled to have one of his own that he could train and ride. It wasn't long before the boy and the pony were galloping happily across the range, riding back and forth to school and participating in the cattle round-ups. Their many adventures included helping to save the life of the chief of a nearby Indian tribe. The story reaches an exciting end when Ben and his pony break all records in a calf-roping contest and carry off the honors at the Fourth-of July rodeo. An offer by a wealthy ranch owner for the "little appaloosa" is turned down by Ben when he remembers all the good times he and Pal have had together.
Berta and Elmer Hader, artist-authors have an enviable record in the field of children's books. Working together they create both the text and pictures and their keen and sympathetic understanding of childhood interests has resulted in delightful stories beloved by boys and girls everywhere. The Caldecott Medal was awarded to THE BIG SNOW as "the most distinguished picture book for children" in 1948.