Have you ever wondered about the true stories behind Marguerite Henry’s books? If so, you may find the answers to your questions in Dear Readers and Riders.
In this book, Henry has answered many of the questions that her readers asked her in writing again and again. She has explained the facts, events, and characters surrounding such books as:
- Misty of Chincoteague.
- Stormy, Misty’s Foal.
- Justin Morgan Had a Horse.
- Brighty of the Grand Canyon.
- Born to Trot.
- Cinnabar, the One O’Clock Fox.
- Five O’Clock Charlie.
- Black Gold.
- And others!
This is an excellent way to get a glimpse behind the scenes of the books, as Henry explains her extensive researches and her interviews with beloved characters. (You have to chuckle when Wesley Dennis compels the real-life Grandpa Beebe to shave his whiskers outdoors for an illustration!)
While most of the chapters are specific to Henry’s wonderful stories, a few involve her daily life and her thoughts on writing and being an author. She has also answered a few questions on keeping horses and other pets.
This book is out of print and can be pricey, so see if your library can get a copy. For dyed-in-the-wool Marguerite Henry fans, young and old, it’s a must!