Crompton, Anne Elliott

About the author

Anne Elliot Crompton has written numerous children’s books, amongst which are these four horse books. Two are about Alice Brown, who is walked all over by her best friend, until she learns to fight her corner.

Finding the books
None of the books were published in the UK. All are easy to find, and cheap, in the USA.

Links and sources
Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for the pictures and information.


Alice Brown
The Rainbow Pony
The Wildflower Pony

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Rain-Cloud Pony

Holiday House, New York, 1977, 127 pp, illus Paul Frame
Bantam Books, 1980 pb

Angel’s pony is in-foal. Pat knows that Angel isn’t taking care of the pony properly. To be able to get access to the pony, Pat agrees to help Angel see her boyfriend behind her parents’ backs.

The Snow Pony

Henry Holt, New York, 1991, 117 pp
Minstrel Books, 1994, pb, cover Michael Sabanosh

Janet Stone is new in town and lonely. No one wants to be her friend–until she meets Mr Flower, a hermit. He offers her a job, helping him tame his wild pony, Pearl, a surprise gift for his adored grandson who will visit in the spring. Janet knows nothing about horses, but Mr Flower teaches her. But when spring comes, will Janet lose her beloved pony?

The Rainbow Pony

Minstrel Books, 1995, pb, cover Deb Hoeffner

Alice is best friends with Ginny, but Ginny walks all over her. Alice knows she does, but she doesn’t like to fight. Then she rescues a pony from the back of an overturned truck, and the driver gives her the pony there and then. Alice’s father won’t let her keep a pony, so Alice has to keep it at Ginny’s, and is then faced with having to learn to stand up to Ginny, and her father.

The Wildflower Pony

Minstrel Books, 1996, pb

Alice’s pony gives birth to a surprise foal, which won’t go down well with her father, who didn’t want her to have her first pony. Alice has to keep the new arrival secret at Ginny’s, but she is struggling for money to keep her ponies.