Lilian Moore (1909-2004) & Leonie Adelson (1908-2003)
Friends and fellow teachers and authors who collaborated together on three children's books, one of which was a horse story: Old Rosie, the Horse Nobody Understood.
Lilian Moore was an author and educationalist. Born in 1909 in New York, she loved reading and telling stories from an early age. She began working as a teacher and when she discovered she had a talent for teaching children to read, she focused her energies on this area. She became a reading specialist for the New York Board of Education, studying reading difficulties and training teachers. Her books were on a similar line, being of the 'easy reader' type and picture books encouraging children to learn to read. Her books were very popular, especially her Little Racoon series, and a few were made into short films. She also wrote children's poetry and worked as an editor for Sholastic, where she was instrumental in persuading them to publish books in paperback for children, as well as running their first paperback book clubs. Animals appear in many of her books and equine characters appear not only in Old Rosie but also in another pony story she penned solo.
Leonie Adelson was born in Harlem, New York in 1908. She worked in schools in the New York area for 35 years and was an innovative and well-loved teacher. She also wrote a number of children's stories on a wide range of subjects. In her later years she travelled widely and campaigned for various causes, especially environmental and anti-war.
More about both these talented ladies can be found on the links on the right.
Sources: biography.jrank.org, poetryfoundation.org, Google obituaries.