Alice Geer Kelsey

American author of children's novels. Born in Massachussets. She studied history at college. After the onslaught of the First World War she travelled to Turkey to work with the orphans there. Whilst there, prompted by her interest in history, she collected Turkish folktales which she eventually retold in her book Once the Hodja, perhaps her most popular work. She wrote other books reflecting her interest in folk tales, other cultures and history, as well as a number of Christian titles. Two of her novels were about horses, one set in Persia.

Pony Books:

RICARDO'S WHITE HORSE
(LONGMANS, GREEN & CO. [USA] 1948)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH W. HOPKINS
SUMMARY: Ricardo is given the little Puerto Rican horse Blanquita by his uncle.

I GIVE YOU MY COLT
(LONGMANS, GREEN & CO. [USA] 1956)
ILLUSTRATED BY HELEN TORREY
SUMMARY: Two Persian shepherd boys long for a horse of their own. Their dream comes true when they rescue an orphaned Arabian colt.

Collector's Info:
Not common titles but certainly not impossible to find in the USA and usually not too expensive. Rare elsewhere.