Elizabeth Harrover Johnson

American author of children's novels. Born in Virginia. She lived on a farm and had her own horses. Wrote four horse stories, two of which formed a short series for younger children featuring a Shetland Pony. Also wrote a couple of non-pony young adult stories and a couple of non-fictional works.

Beth Series:
Short series for younger children

1) THE PONY THAT DIDN'T GROW
(IWASHBURN [USA] 1963)
ILLUSTRATED BY RICHARD LEWIS
SUMMARY: Beth is given a Shetland called Merry Christmas (Christy for short) for her birthday. She is told he will grow over the winter but as she waits and watches she can't see him shooting up at all!

2) CHRISTY FINDS A RIDER
(IWASHBURN [USA] 1965)
ILLUSTRATED BY SAM SAVITT
SUMMARY: Christy has not grown big enough for Beth to ride, so she drives him instead. She worries that the pony will not be happy unless he is ridden, then a much smaller girl called Tiny comes along and a solution is found to the problem!

Collector's Info:
Although not common titles, the books can be found without much trouble in the USA. Fairly hard to find elsewhere.

Other Pony Books:

HORSE SHOW FEVER
(IWASHBURN [USA] 1962)
ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES WALKER
SUMMARY: Hugh gets a temporary job at a stable and enjoys it so much he decides to stay.

THE OLD QUARRY FOX HUNT
(IWASHBURN [USA] 1964)
ILLUSTRATED BY SAM SAVITT
SUMMARY: Hunting story. George organises a hunting club to avoid having to play soccer. Charles wants to join but only has a Percheron to ride!

Collector's Info:
Quite easy to find in the USA. Fairly hard to find elsewhere.