Calico the Wonder Horse

Calico the Wonder Horse by Virginia Lee Burton cover, a black sketch of a horse and cowboy with a cactus on a yellow background

Calico the Wonder Horse, or, The Saga of Stewy Slinker

Written by Virginia Lee Burton

Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1941

8.75" x 5.7"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature and Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Appearing together with Curious George on Houghton Mifflin's fall 1941 list was this forthright attempt at a high-quality alternative to the comics. Virginia Lee Burton, much admired by librarians for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, had spent a year of intensive experimentation before creating this "symphony in comics [set] way out West in Cactus County." By then, the comic-book craze had invaded Burton's own home, prompting the artist to consider why such "lurid tales" so enthralled children like her nine-year-old. Burton's findings had all but made a convert of her: "These books...satisfy a natural craving for excitement...action...drama," she had found. They offered a "hero to worship and an escape to thrilling adventure that is wanted by any normal child."


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Calico the Wonder Horse by Virginia Lee Burton interior page, a man robbing a stagecoach and being chased by horses
Calico the Wonder Horse, or the Saga of Stewy Stinker by Vigrinia Lee Burton cover, a cowboy, a horse and a cactus

Calico the Wonder Horse, or, The Saga of Stewy Stinker

Written by Virginia Lee Burton

Cambridge, Mass., Riverside Press, 1950

8.75" x 5.7"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries