About the author
Laura Bannon (1895–1963) was born in Acme, Michigan, and studied at the Michigan State Normal School, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught. In all, she wrote (or illustrated) over twenty books, her first being published in 1939. She received numerous awards, including the Children’s Reading Round Table of Chicago. Several of her books were about animals, ranging from the unusual (Gregorio and the White Llama) to the more mundane (Hip-Hip the Goat). She wrote about horses and donkeys too, with three books aimed at the younger reader.
Finding the book
Relatively easy to find.
Bibliography (horse books only)
Horse on a Houseboat
A Whitman, Chicago, 1951, illus the author
Junior Literary Guild, 1951
Gill has a retired circus horse called Scalawag. When he has to leave his stable temporarily,
he needs somewhere to live, so Gill and his Uncle Pete sort out an old houseboat as his new stable.
Burro Boy and His Big Trouble
Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1955, 47 pp, illus the author
The Contented Horse Trader
Whitman, Chicago, 1963, illus the author
Horse Trader Cage does all his trading through the phone. One of his trades takes off in odd directions when he manages to trade his saw horse for a blind mule, at least temporarily.