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The Mare on the Hill

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The dramatic tale of a wild horse and the two boys who win her trust will inspire and entrance.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1985)
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Karen GoatKeeper
Nov 09, 2016 Karen GoatKeeper rated it it was amazing
The title caught my attention. The dust jacket illustration hooked me. This is one I would like to add to my own book shelf.
The story is simple about a mare who has been mistreated. She is now in a good home but doesn't know it.
What is so memorable in this book is looking at the illustrations. These were done as oil paintings. They are detailed, varied in time of day, year and weather. They look like they belong in an art museum.
This is a nice rural story to read but the illustrations are wonder
Emily Duncan
The Mare on the Hill by Thomas Locker is a pleasant story of an abused horse and its desire to be free. Two brothers live on a farm with their grandpa who has just bought a new beautiful white mare for their stallion to bread with. Grandpa tells the boys that her previous owners have abused the white mare. The boys want nothing more than to let the mare run free in the pasture behind their barn. Grandpa explains that they will never catch the mare if they do this. Grandpa gives in and lets the ...more
Duchess Paula
Jul 13, 2013 Duchess Paula rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to find this one on here. It was my absolute FAVORITE growing up in elementary school. I remember the day our librarian told us she got a new book in her prim tone. I suppose I was in 1st or 2nd grade. It was the day before Christmas break. She held up this one.

It was a large hardcover book and had a magical, beautiful cover of unique soft colors. I'd never seen a brand new book before. It was shiny and beautiful and so full of fresh color. I was completely enchanted. The lib
Haley Dowty
Dec 05, 2014 Haley Dowty rated it really liked it
The Mare on the Hill by Thomas Locker is a beautiful story about two children who's grandfather gets a new horse that is afraid of people. The book tells the story about the mare and how she eventually comes down from the hill. This is a book I would recommend for a little bit of an older reader. While young children might enjoy the story and pictures, I think older children would be able to understand the concepts in the book a bit better. They would be able to grasp why the horse is afraid of ...more
Marissa Yetter
Being a horse person I enjoyed the concepts behind this story. I find myself thinking that I would do similar things if I were one of the boys! There are two boys and their grandfather who have a stallion. The grandfather then "rescues" this white mare from an abusive home. She won't come near anyone, and is "crazy". The boys want nothing more than to see her be able to run freely as she likes, and although the grandfather knows they would probably never be able to catch the mare again, he sets ...more
Michael Jones
Not only are the paintings masterful, but the flow of the story gives you a change of the seasons which points to an older worldview and is priceless! The children have to learn patience over a whole year's time to get to know a mare on their farm with their grandfather.

Book can be read in 10 min. with great profit! The pictures lead the children to find the characters.
Jan 23, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
This isn't an imaginative story; it feels very real, and kids can appreciate that. They identify with the kids in the story and wonder how they would like living on that hill. I appreciate a story (and the art, of course) that transports kids to another way of life.
May 28, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing
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The pictures in this book are absolutely gorgeous. Thomas Locker not only writes beautiful stories, he paints like a master.
Nov 29, 2015 Stina rated it liked it
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Book #54 for 2014

And we're back to Locker's usual, beautiful but un-engaging. I seem to be in the distinct minority in this assessment of his style, though.
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Thomas Locker was one of the major American painters of the past century. In a career that spanned almost 60 years, he had over 75 solo exhibitions. His work ranged from the delicate to the monumental, but all had one thing in common: the beauty of the natural world. He had a deep appreciation for the elusive link between the human spirit and the sublime force of nature.

He spent his entire life in
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