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The high hills
Barklem, Jill.
Personal Author:
First United States edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Inspired by an old tale, young mouse Wilfred uses a trip into the hills as an opportunity to look for gold and explore unknown country.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 34621.
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J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Wilfred Toadflex is convinced that there's gold in them thar hills, but he becomes engulfed in a thick fog while perched on a precarious ledge as he searches for his fortune. Full color.

Author Notes

Jill Barklem was born in Epping, The United Kingdom in 1951. She studied illustration at St Martin's School of Art in London. She was the author and illustrator of the Brambly Hedge series about a community of mice in the English countryside. Her books included Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, The Secret Staircase, The High Hills, Sea Story, and Poppy's Babies. In 1996, the stories were adapted into a television show. She died following a long illness on November 15, 2017 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. When mice Lily, Flax, and Mr. Apple set out for the High Hills of Brambly Hedge to deliver needed blankets to the voles, young Wilfred mouse begs to accompany them in the hope of finding the gold described in an exciting history book he has just read. The romantic adventure Wilfred anticipates becomes a fearsome reality, however, when he and Mr. Apple are trapped on fog-enshrouded peaks. But toting all of the gear suggested in the early explorer's tome and armed with his own resourcefulness, spunky little Wilfred leads his injured, elderly companion home to safety. Youngsters, particularly those fond of previous Brambly Hedge episodes, will delight in the mouse-child protagonist's saving the day and in the affectionately detailed illustrations that transport readers from the weaver's tidy shop to the mountain ledge, where Wilfred and Mr. Apple cozily spend the night, and back to the security of the little hero's warmly lit home. EM. Mice Fiction / Explorers Fiction / Adventure and adventurers Fiction [CIP] 86-8177

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4 Absolutely stunning watercolor illustrations, full of rich details, perfectly capture the tone of this charming story about the field mice who reside in Brambly Hedge. The voles in the High Hills are in desperate need of new blankets before the cold weather arrives, and young mouse Wilfred decides to accompany Mr. Apple on his good-will mission to deliver the mouse-made quilts. Wilfred welcomes the opportunity to explore unknown territory and dreams of discovering gold on his journey. Mr. Apple and Wilfred bravely face the obstacles they encounter, and lucky Wilfred returns home with a surprise treasure after all. Young children will enjoy hearing of Wilfred's adventures (older children can handle the clearly written text themselves), and will find much to delight the eye in the old-fashioned and cheerful pictures.Bonnie R. Wheatley, Ravenscroft Lower School, Raleigh, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.