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Hetty Burlingame Beatty

Hetty Burlingame Beatty (1907 - 1971) was initially a sculptor, who also wrote and illustrated children’s books. Her sculptures were exhibited nationally, and she won second prize at the International Exhibition of Horses in Sculpture in New York. She wrote several books for children, and eventually spent most of her time writing and illustrating rather than sculpting. Beatty wrote books aimed at varying age groups, and also became interested in writing non-fiction. She said:

"I have lived for two years in Italy, 1929 - 1931, and have since traveled a good deal in Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, as well as in the United States. I speak French and Italian, after a fashion. Horses, gardening, and square dancing are among my special interests, and I love to plan and build houses. I designed our house in Bermuda, where my husband and I spend the winters.

I am primarily interested in writing for children, but have become increasingly interested in adult non-fiction. While I am busily writing, my husband is equally busy in his work of handwrought sculpture in lead and other things in pewter, copper, brass, and silver. He founded The Pewter Shop in Rockport, Massachusetts, thirty years ago and was long associated with it."

Finding the books: Blitz is very common; the other titles are a bit less so, but still readily available. I believe Trumper is back in print. None of the books were published in the UK.

Links and sources

Hetty Burlingame Beatty papers

Contemporary Authors. 28 October 2003. 30 June 2005.

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs.

Bibliography - horse books only


Doubleday, New York, 1952

Bill makes friends with the little no-good brown horse Bronto at the ranch, and together they
learn how to work cattle and they show everyone how smart they are together.


Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1961, 118 pp, illus Joshua Tolford

Scholastic, 1966

“Blitz was trained to be a firehorse for the Drumlin Volunteer Fire Department,
but after a terrible accident, Blitz could no longer do heavy work and was sold.”


Houghton Mifflin, New York, 1963

General books, 2009

A review of Trumper on Pony Book Chronicles

Mark tries to train the family’s new horse Trumper to do the farm work of haying and hauling the
milk wagon so that he can enter the horse in the 4-H competition for all-round light-weight farm

Rebel the Reluctant Racehorse

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1968, 30 pp, illus the author

“Rebel ran fast enough and jumped well enough to become a famous
racehorse, but too many things distracted him from racing.”

Bucking Horse

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1957, 37 pp, illus the author

“Danny tames the Wild One, but when he lets the other cowboys try to break the horse to
saddle, the Wild One bucks them all off.”

Little Wild Horse

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1949, illus the author

Peter wants a horse of his own so that he can help his father. When he watches a herd of
wild horses, he sees a little grey horse, and decides that’s the one for him.

Moorland Pony

Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1961, 40 pp, illus the author

Judd and his family make friends with Teaser, an English moorland pony who teases
for tidbits, and they decide to take the pony back to America with them when they return


Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston, 1954, 26 pp, illus the author

Droopy is so stubborn he refuses to do anything he’s asked. He refuses to go swimming,
until the boy who asked him gets into difficulties. Then Droopy goes to the rescue, and is
never stubborn again.