Ponies, ponies, ponies

HOME SEARCH FORUM BLOG PONY BOOKS CONTACT MY BOOK

American  Horse Books Home

Elisa Bialk

Elisa Bialk (1912 - 1990) was born and brought up in Chicago, Illinois, and was educated at the Northwestern University School of Journalism. She started writing early, and her articles had already appeared in newspapers and magazines by the time she was in high school. She married L Martin Krautter in 1934, and after her marriage, concentrated her efforts on short stories and plays. She published a range of horse fiction, including the lengthy Tizz series, aimed at the young reader. Besides the young readers, she wrote a range of unconnected books for the older reader.


The Tizz series features Tracy and her palomino pony Tizz. The family (and Tizz) are extraordinarily well travelled, and have a genius for riding in a parade in virtually every new location.


Finding the books: the Tizz series is usually fairly easy to find and not generally expensive. Finding copies issued with dustjackets with their jackets can be tricky. Of the non-Tizz titles, Taffy’s Foal and The Colt of Cripple Creek are difficult to find. Wild Horse Island, being illustrated by Paul Brown, is expensive. None of Elisa Bialk’s titles were published in the UK.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

Elisa Bialk’s papers are held at the University of Oregon Libraries

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for all her help with this section.


Tizz series

Tizz

Tizz Takes a Trip

Tizz Plays Santa Claus

Tizz and Company

Tizz is a Cow Pony

Tizz on a Pack Trip

Tizz on a Horse Farm

Tizz in Cactus Country

Tizz on a Trail Ride

Tizz in Texas

Tizz at the Stampede

Tizz in the Canadian Rockies

Tizz at the Fiesta

Tizz South of the Border















Ride ‘em Peggy!

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1950, 196 pp, illus Paul Brown


Peggy is horse made to the exclusion of everything else. Having riding lessons and a trip to a
Colorado ranch make her more obsessed, not less, so Peggy’s mother thinks up a plan to try
and widen Peggy’s interests.

Wild Horse Island

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1951, 201 pp, illus Paul Brown


All the wild horses have been removed from Wild Horse island to make room for domestic horses.
Jim hopes that the one wild mare who escaped the round up might return to the island again in
winter, looking for food.

Taffy’s Foal

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1949, illus William Moyers


Nancy lives with her grandmother in Kentucky. Her horse, Taffy, is going to have
a foal. Nancy’s father wants her to come and live with him and his new wife
in Chicago, but when she doesn’t fit in well at her new school, her father brings
Taffy to Illinois. Taffy has her foal, a black colt, but she dies. Nancy is ill, and her
friends rally round to try and save the colt.

Bibliography - horse books only

The Horse Called Pete

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1948, 80 pp, illus William Moyers

Excerpt in Palomino and Other Horses, ed Wesley Dennis, 1950


Davey and his grandfather visit a circus, and when they come back, they come with a paint
trick riding horse called Pete. What they don’t know is that Pete is going blind.


Jill’s Victory

World, 1952, 184 pp, illus Edward Shenton


Jill gets involved with 4-H and learns by doing when she and her American Saddlebred gelding
Victory spend a year with her cousins Cissie and Jack.

The Colt of Cripple Creek

World, 1952, 180 pp, illus Edward Shenton


Clint has a horse of his own, Gingerbread, and exciting places to play, including a secret cave.
However, Clint’s father is failing as a farmer, and decides to try gold mining instead. The family
have to move, but leave Gingerbread behind to be cared for by Ben, the ranch owner’s son. Clint
mopes in his new home, and is upset when he sees how attached Gingerbread is becoming to
Ben. Gradually Clint learns to come to terms with his feelings.

Tizz and Company

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1958, 95 pp, illus Keith Mutchler


Don teaches his sister Tracy’s pony to do tricks, and then thinks of a way of making money
out of it.

Tizz is a Cow Pony

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1963, 93 pp, illus Susanna Suba


Don, Tracy and Tizz visit their uncle on his ranch in Colorado. Don gets to ride a horse, Tracy\

learns to exist away from home, and Tizz gets to herd cattle.

Tizz Takes a Trip

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1956, 96 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Tracy and Tizz help out Don with his paper round, and then the whole family go to grandmother’s
house for Thanksgiving.

Tizz

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1955, 95 pp, illus Dwight Mutchler


Tracy is the new girl at school, and feels shy until she is given a honey-coloured pony by her
grandmother called Tizz.

Tizz Plays Santa Claus

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1957, 96 pp, illus Dwight Mutchler


Tizz plays the part of the donkey in the school Christmas play, goes carol singing and is
dressed up as Santa Claus to visit a sick girl on Christmas Day.

Tizz on a Pack Trip

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1961, 94 pp, illus Susanne Suba


While they’re staying at their uncle’s ranch, Don takes Tizz on a trip to the Glacier National Park.
Tracy stays on the ranch and learns to ride the big horse Frosty.

Tizz on a Trail Ride

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1966, 94 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Tracy, Tizz and Don go on a two week long trail ride from Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Texas.

Tizz at the Stampede

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1968, 94 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


The Hills family visit the Edmonds family in Canada for the Calgary Stampede. Although Tracy
does get to ride Tizz in the parade, she finds it difficult to get on with tomboy Sheila Edmonds.

Tizz in Cactus Country

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1964, 94 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Don and Tracy have moved to Arizona. Don feels left out because he has no horse or friends,
but then a stray horse comes to visit Tizz.

Tizz on a Horse Farm

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1964, 95 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Don, Tracy and Tizz go to a California Thoroughbred farm. They see a foal being born, and see
how the young racehorses are trained.  





Tizz in the Canadian Rockies

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1968, 92 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Tracy and Tizz go hiking in Canada with Don and her parents.

Tizz South of the Border

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1971, 94 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


The Hills family and Tizz go to Mexico. While they’re on a riding trip, Tizz is taken by an old
man who thinks that Tizz is his old burro.

Tizz at the Fiesta

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1970, 95 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Tracy, Don and Tizz visit their grandparents in Mexico. Tracy hopes that the noise of the crowd
and the muskets doesn’t upset Tizz when they ride in the Fiesta.

SHORT STORIES & EXCERPTS


Palomino and Other Horses

World Publishing Company, 1950, ed & Illus Wesley Dennis-


Fourteen horse stories including an excerpt from The Horse Called Pete

Tizz in Texas

Children’s Press, Chicago, 1966, 93 pp, illus Hildegard Lehmann


Tracy and Tizz have a 150 mile trail ride which ends at the San Antonia Stock Show. They get
to go in the Parade. Don hopes to buy a horse at the Show.