Miriam Young (1913-1974)

American author. She was born in 913 and grew up in the San Francisco area. She was a highly prolific writer of children's books, a large number of which were animal stories, including some pony themed ones. Her books were mainly aimed at a fairly young readership. Her most popular children's story was Miss Suzy, a story about a little squirrel. She also wrote a couple of non-fiction books about her parent's early lives and theatrical careers, including Mother Wore Tights which was made into a 1940s Oscar winning musical starring Betty Grable.

Horse & Pony Books:

PRANCE, A CAROUSEL HORSE
(CROWELL [USA] 1950)
ILLUSTRATED BY AMY JONES
Very rare.
SUMMARY: The adventures of a carousel horse, set in the 1920s. Prance is the youngest horse on a traveling merry-go-round. He feels lonely and wants a child he can call his special friend

UP AND AWAY
(HARCOURT [USA] 1960)
ILLUSTRATED BY SAM SAVITT
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Wendy and Maureen are taught to ride by Irish groom Tim, in exchange for working at the stables.

THE DOLLAR HORSE
(HARCOURT, BRACE & WORLD  [USA] 1961)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM M. HUTCHINSON
Reprinted as a Scholastic paperback edition.
EDITIONS PICTURED; 1st edition, Scholastic paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Keery is hoping that this next Birthday will bring him the present he has always dreamed of - a horse. But instead he gets a measly one dollar! Overcoming his disappointment, he sets out to turn that one dollar into many more. Will he ever make enough to buy his very own horse?
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES

IF I RODE A HORSE
(LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD  [USA] 1973)
ILLUSTRATED BY ROBERT QUACKENBUSH
EDITION PICTURED; 1st edition
SUMMARY: Picture book, one of a series of picture books for younger readers by the author. This is the only horsy one and explores what it would be like to ride a horse in different places in the world.

Collector's Info:
The Dollar Horse and I Rode a Horse are easy to find in America, but fairly hard elsewhere. Prance, a Carousel Horse is very rare, even in the USA, and will probably be very expensive. Up and Away is not quite so rare, but still may be quite hard to find.