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Review: The Mare On The Hill

  • Title: The Mare On The Hill
  • Author: Thomas Locker
  • First Edition (Hardback)
  • Publisher: Dial Books 1995
  • Genre(s): horses – Juvenile fiction, children’s stories

A grandfather brings home a fearful mare to breed, hoping that his grandsons can teach her to trust people again.

*All opinions are my own

* No spoilers.

I found my childhood copy of The Mare On The Hill in a box my mom gave me a few days ago.  I remembered loving it as a child so I put it aside to read as soon as possible.

As soon  I opened it to the first page, memories of my sisters and me lying on my bed while our parents read it to us at night after night came flooding back to me.  Once I finished the book I understood why my parents where willing to read this book to us over and over again, night after night.

To start with, the story was wonderful. It was well thought out, but also written in a way that children of many ages could understand and enjoy.

The art work portrayed in this book (also done by Thomas Locker) was incredible.  Every page had an image best described as paintings, anything less would be an insult to the amount of work and time put into them.

The moral of learning trust and patients was clear as an adult and something kids are capable of understanding.  I would encourage parents, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and teachers to read this book to the kids in their life.  Not only will this book teach the kids about trust and patient, but it will help you remember the value of animals in your life.

I had a great time with this book and the family memories it brought back.  Does anyone else have other childhood favorites they would recommend?  Let me know in the comments so I can check them out.

Happy Reading!!!




I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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