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Ellsworth Newcomb

Ellsworth Newcomb (1899 - 1971) was an American author, born in Washington. She married twice, but published her books under her maiden name. She wrote several non fiction books for children on materials, including Miracle Plastics, Miracle Glass, Miracle Fabrics and Miracle Metals. Amongst her fiction is at least one horse book, Three Came Riding, as well as a contribution to The American Girl Book of Horse Stories.


Finding the book: reasonably easy to find in the USA, though copies are generally ex library. It was not published in the UK.


Links and sources

Thank you to Jacki Richey for invaluable biographical information

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

National Library of Congress

Bibliography - horse books only

Three Came Riding

Norton, New York, 1964, 82 pp, illus Christina F Christensen



“Jose fears that his horse Mingo will have to be sold to buy food, as his mother’s Puerto Rican rugs
are not selling well. He goes to San Juan to the cathedral to pray that the Three Kings will accept the
horse during the Christmas Season.”


Short stories


American Girl Book of Horse Stories

Girl Scouts of the United States, 1946, illus Sam Savitt.

A review of the book on the Pony Book Chronicles


Two for the Show