About the author
Eleanor Frances Brown (b.1908) was born in Spokane, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington. She taught English, and then became head librarian at Deschutes County Library in Bend, Oregon. She wrote several books on librarianship and libraries: Bibliotherapy and its Widening Applications, Bookmobiles and Bookmobile Service, Cutting Library Costs, Library Service to the Disadvantaged and Modern Branch Libraries amongst them.
She said her three hobbies were horses, books and photography, in exactly that order! She owned her own horses, and also wrote a column for American Horseman and Popular Horseman. A Horse for Peter was a runner up in the Ford Foundation Award Contest. This book has a sequel: The Colt from Heaven Hills, in which Peter has to learn that putting a horse’s needs before his own desires sometimes has to be done.
Finding the books
A Horse for Peter, The Colt from Horse Heaven Hills and Golden Lady all tend to be expensive. Wendy Wanted a Pony and Mountain Palomino are very difficult to find. None of the books were published in the UK.
Links and sources
Dustjackets of the author’s books
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Many thanks to Lisa Catz and Alison MacCallum for all their help with this section.
A Horse Called Peter
The Colt from Heaven Hills
A Horse for Peter
Messner, New York, 1950, 128 pp, illus Pers Crowell
Evening Star is a Tennessee Walking horse, utterly useless as a show horse unless Peter Morgan was watching him. They had become friends after Peter’s long convalescence from an injury which left him in a wheelchair. When the horse’s owner realises he only performs if Peter is watching, he decides to sell him. Then one of Peter’s drawings wins him a scholarship, and Peter’s friends plan a special surprise for him.
Wendy Wanted a Pony
Messner, 1951, 144 pp, illus Pers Crowell
Wendy is desperate for a pony, and nags her family for one, despite knowing they are saving to buy a farm. Then Wendy hears about a raffle for a pony at a local fair, and does something she knows she shouldn’t.
The Colt from Horse Heaven Hills
Messner, New York, 1956, 192 pp, illus Pers Crowell
Peter is at a stockyard, and sees a black horse he knows will be butchered unless he can persuade his father to buy it. Peter thinks he will break the horse himself, but Charcoal causes terrible trouble between Peter and his father. Peter is not supposed to jump because of his old injury, but does; Charcoal is a born jumper, and Peter gradually has to accept what is best for the horse is not necessarily what he, Peter, wants to do.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York, 1956, 185 pp, Patricia Palmer
Jerry is an outdoor boy; and then Lance comes to stay for a year. Jerry is expected to share everything with the city boy, even his horse.
Golden Lady, the Story of an American Show Horse
Howell, Soskin, New York,1946, 252 pp