Lathrop, Dorothy P

About the author

Dorothy Pulis Lathrop (1891–1990) was an American author and illustrator, born in New York. Her mother was a professional artist, and Dorothy went on to study art at Teachers College, Columbia University, going on to teach art. Her main love had always been producing her own work, and she left teaching to work full time as an illustrator. After a bumpy start, when the publisher of the first book she illustrated went bankrupt before she could be paid, she went on to illustrate many children’s books, including editions of George Macdonald’s The Princess and Curdie and editions of Walter de la Mare’s poems. The illustrations she did for Helen Dean Fish’s Animals of the Bible won the first Caldecott medal for illustration. Her own books were generally about animals, and often included elements of fantasy.

Finding the book
Can be very expensive indeed.

Links and sources
Biographical information: Colleen Sullivan, retrieved 17 February 2014 (no longer extant, it seems)
Obituary, New York Times, retrieved 8 June 2023
Wikipedia on Dorothy P Lathrop, retrieved 17 February 2014
Dorothy Lathrop’s illustrations at The Forgotten Illustrator

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Colt From Moon Mountain

The Macmillan Company, New York, 1941, 62 pp, illus the author
George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1943, illus the author

Cynthy, Joey and Jim find a tiny white colt with no mother. Cynthy has no pet of her own apart from a scruffy chicken, Ruby. None of the children manage to catch the little white colt, who one day worries Cynthy when
he appears to have a worrying lump growing out of his forehead. This is a really charming tale that should be obligatory reading for all the 21st century peddlers of the unicorn myth.