Mister Ed, The Talking Horse
Barbara Shook Hazen, il. Mel Crawford
1962, Golden Press
Ed, having taken possession of the phone once again, invites an entire orphanage to visit for the weekend.
I really have no excuse for this, except that I have always loved the illustrations in this Little Golden Book.
In talking horse-related topics, the cheerful memoir Alan Young (aka Wiiiiiilbuuuur!) published in 1995, Mister Ed And Me, is worth a read.
About the author
Hazen was born in Ohio, worked in publishing and then began freelancing as a children's writer after her son was born. She has written over fifty books.
About the illustrator
Canadian-born Crawford seems to be one of the most popular illustrators for Little Golden Books. As the post on the blog Illustration Station shows, Crawford did another equine-themed Little Golden Book in 1958's Fury Takes The Jump.
Barbara Shook Hazen's website
de Grummond Collection on Hazen
Mel Crawford's blog
Mel Crawford on a website about collecting Little Golden Books
Alan Young's website