The First Rosette (1956) is one of the earliest (if not the earliest) pony books to feature a working class character. David Smith is the youngest son of a family who really struggle for money. Unlike his brother, he's not going to find his way out of his situation through education. David does it through sheer hard work.
|Burke, 1956, 1st edition, illus Sheila Rose|
|Dragon pb, 1967, cover Mary Gernat|
|Dragon pb, date and illustrator unknown|
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