Sheila Lavelle

British author of a wide range of children's novels, including animal and fantasy stories. Quite prolific, with over 50 titles to her name, including a number of longish series. Before becoming a writer she was a clerk and a teacher.

Amongst her stories are a handful of pony related titles, all for younger readers. Two of these are part of longer running non-pony series.

Horse & Pony Books:

URSULA RIDING
(HAMISH HAMILTON 1985)
ILLUSTRATED BY THELMA LAMBERT
EDITION PICTURED: First edition
SUMMARY: Younger reader's story. Part of the
Ursula series about a little bear and her adventures. As far as I am aware this is the only pony-related book in the series.

THE STRAWBERRY JAM PONY
(HAMISH HAMILTON 1987)
ILLUSTRATED BY VALERIE LITTLEWOOD
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin in 1989
EDITION PICTURED: Puffin paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Historical story for younger readers. Tommy longs to be old enough to work down the mines with his elder brother and help with the pit ponies. When the miners go on strike the pit ponies come to the surface and Tommy is overjoyed when he is asked to help with them, especially when he forms an attachment to Gleam the pony who loves strawberry jam sandwiches.

HARRY'S HORSE
(HAMISH HAMILTON 1987)
ILLUSTRATED BY JO DAVIES
Reprinted in paperback with another 'Harry' book,
Harry's Aunt (see below)
SUMMARY: Younger reader's horse story. Again part of a longer non-pony series.

Other Editions:

HARRY'S AUNT & HARRY'S HORSE
(PIPER 1988)
ILLUSTRATED BY JO DAVIES
SUMMARY: 2 in 1 edition containing Harry's Horse and another 'Harry' story.


Collectors Info:
The Strawberry Jam Pony is easy to find in both the UK and USA. The other two are not so common but can be found reasonably easily in the UK and to a lesser extent in the USA.