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.

Horse & Pony Books:

OLD ROSIE THE HORSE NOBODY UNDERSTOOD
(RANDOM HOUSE [USA] 1952)
ILLUSTRATED BY LEONARD SHORTALL
Reprinted in hardback by Random House
Also a Junior Literary Guild edition
Reprinted in paperback by Scholastic
Also published in Germany in English language as a school primer for learning English
EDITIONS PICTURED: Random House reprint, German edition
SUMMARY: Younger readers book. Farmer Dilly's horse Old Rosie feels misunderstood and unloved until one night when she proves her worth.

Other Editions:

OLD ROSIE & BAMBI'S CHILDREN
(RANDOM HOUSE [USA] 1960)
ILLUSTRATED BY LEONARD SHORTALL & PHOEBE ERICKSON
SUMMARY: 2 in 1 edition which includes Old Rosie as well as the novel Bambi's Children by Felix Salten.

Collector's Info:
Old Rosie is fairly easy to find in the USA. The 2 in 1 edition seems to be the most common. Also published in Germany and can be found there still. Hard to find elsewhere.

Horse & Pony Books by Lilian Moore only:

TONY THE PONY
(WHITTLESEY HOUSE/MACGRAW HILL [USA] 1959)
ILLUSTRATED BY WESLEY DENNIS
SUMMARY: Younger reader's pony story. Tony the little black pony gives rides to children in the park. When he hears them talk about the animals in the zoo he determines to visit the place himself!

Collector's Info:
Tony the Pony is a lot rarer than Old Rosie, although it is not usually very expensive if you can track a copy down