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Anne Colver

Anne Colver (1908-1991) was an Ohio based author, probably best known for her children’s books about Abraham Lincoln. She was the great niece of Archibald Willard, about whom she wrote a book called Yankee Doodle Painter. Amongst her books are three titles which are horse books (though there may well be more - please let me know if you can identify them).


Finding the books: all the books are findable in the USA, though pricing is erratic. None were printed in the UK.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

National Library of Congress

Thanks to Lisa Catz and Susan Bourgeau for the photographs.






Bibliography - horse books only

Lucky Four

Duell, Sloane and Pearce, New York, 1960, 150 pp, illus Albert Orbaan



Jill feels she’s failed with both her 4-H projects and her school play. She asks Alex for help
with her new 4-H project, the pregnant mare Dolly.


Borrowed Treasure

Alfred A Knopf, New York, 1958, 83 pp, illus Bernard Krigstein

Republished as Shooting Star, Scholastic, pb, 1972


Mr Perkins agrees to let Molly and Pip keep his horse for the winter. They
get their local Youth Centre kids to help take care of the horse, Borrowed

Treasure, but the new girl Dori won’t go.

Pluto: Brave Lipizzaner Stallion

Garrad Pub Co, Champagne, Ilinois, 1978, 48 pp, illus Sam Savitt



Max hopes to get a job taking care of the Lipizzaner horses that have been forced to flee
from Vienna during the war, and he hopes to work with the brave horse Pluto most of all.”