Hetty Burlingame Beatty (1907-1971)

American author, illustrator and sculptor. Born in Connecticut in 1907. She trained as a sculptor, becoming quite celebrated and winning awards, but later she turned her attention to writing and illustrating children's books. She was apparently very interested in horses, although I don't know what connection she had to them. Certainly a good many of her children's books tend to feature horses and ponies. The books are well-written, many beautifully illustrated by her, and are slanted more to a younger readership.



Horse & Pony Books:

LITTLE WILD HORSE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1949)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback.
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition (without dustwrapper)
SUMMARY: Younger children's pony story. The tale of how young Peter found a horse of just the right size and tamed him.

DROOPY
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1954)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Mule story for younger children. Droopy the mule (so named because of his drooping ears) is as stubborn as his breed can be. But when a child is in danger, he has to overcome his stubbornness in order to help.

BRONTO
(JUNIOR LITERARY GUILD/DOUBLEDAY [USA] 1954)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition (without dustwrapper)
SUMMARY: Ranching story. Bronto wasn't much of a horse, and Bill his new rider was nothing to write home about either. But together they made a surprisingly effective team.

BUCKING HORSE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1957)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback
EDITION PICTURED: Hardback reprint
SUMMARY: The story of a wild colt and the young boy who befriends him.

BLITZ
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1961)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSHUA TOLFORD
Reprinted in hardback
Also a Weekly Reader Book Club edition
Reprinted in paperback a few times by Scholastic.
Later editions were illustrated by James Dwyer
EDITIONS PICTURED: Book Club edition, unknown edition, Scholastic paperback
SUMMARY: Historical pony story. Blitz is a fire-horse who pulls one of the town's horse drawn fire wagons. He soon becomes the fastest horse in the town. But after a shady businessman causes a fire to claim the insurance money, Blitz and his owner are injured and Blitz loses his nerve. Blitz is sold and ends up with some bad owners but eventually is bought by a kind doctor and is restored to health and happiness. But can he regain his courage to save a life?
PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES
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MOORLAND PONY
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1961)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition (without dustwrapper)
SUMMARY: Whilst in England an American family make friends with a moorland pony and decide to take him home with them back to the States.

TRUMPER
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1963)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSHUA TOLFORD
Reprinted in hardback.
Also a Book Club edition.
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Once a fancy saddle and carriage horse, Trumper is now owned by Mark's father and must work on the farm. But Trumper is reluctant. Mark knows he must train the unwilling horse or his father will sell him!

REBEL THE RELUCTANT RACEHORSE
(HOUGHTON MIFFLIN [USA] 1968)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
Reprinted in hardback
EDITION PICTURED: Hardback reprint
SUMMARY: Rebel was the fastest horse and best jumper that Major Fitzwilliam Lee had ever had. But Rebel is also good at getting into all sorts of trouble! Can the horse settle down and fulfill his potential?

Collector's Info:
None of these titles are easy to find in the UK or indeed outside the USA. In America, all of the books can be found without too much trouble, although Blitz is by far the easiest to find of them all and paperback editions of this title are very cheap. As far as I am aware it was the only one of them to be reprinted in paperback.