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Hombiss the Hare is Lost in the Snow


About this book:

  • ISBN: 978 191 023 7281 (paperback)

  • Published May 2017

  • Price £6.99 + postage

  • 36 pages (page size 260 x 265mm)

  • Illustrated with 30 original paintings


About the book:

Hombiss the hare goes to play in the snow… but when he does not return his Mother looks for him where


A story for 2 to 5 year olds.

Special Offer - there's a free 'Hombiss in the Snow' greetings card and envelope, personally drawn and signed by the artist for the first 30 book orders

About the Author and Illustrator:
Valerie Salter is a retired primary school teacher. She lives in a village near Penrith and in France.

Richard Salter has served over 20 years in the British Army and is in the process of being medically discharged from injuries incurred during Operations in Afghanistan. He studied Fine Art with Buckinghamshire University and has painted throughout his military career pulling on the diverse array of Operational environments to influence his work which creates an emotional journey from the heart, being dubbed as “a poet in paint” by Art critic Daphne Todd OBE.
He has won a string of awards, his most recent being the prestigious National Army Museum Award 2015, HRH Prince Harry commented on his work saying it was “absolutely brilliant”. Richard feels very privileged to have his exhibitions written on by Royal Academicians and have his work in various collections which include Museums in London, York and Dorset.
You may have also seen him on screen where he competed with 6,500 other UK Artist’s for a top ten place on the BBC prime time show “The Big Painting Challenge 2015” where he went on to become runner up and exhibited his work in Tate Britain, London. For more information about his work see: www.armyartist.co.uk


SOLDIER and artist Richard Salter has served over 17 years in the British Army, he studied fine art with the University of Buckinghamshire and has painted throughout his military career whether on operations, training or at home. 
Richard was one of only ten finalists from almost 6,000 entries to the BBC's The Big Painting Challenge screened in early 2015 and Richard got through to the final three in the competition.
Richard painted the illustrations for a new children's book Hombiss the Hare written by his aunt retired school teacher, Valerie Salter, from Blencarn, near Penrith, and published by Hayloft Publishing Ltd, Kirkby Stephen. Valerie Salter was invited to the Lowther Children's Book Fair at Lowther Castle where parents and children met her and saw Hombiss the Hare posters of the original artwork, heard her reading from the book and playing games from the book. 
Richard held his first solo exhibition in Dorset 2008, and feels very privileged to have his work in both private collections and museums; he annually exhibits in the Mall Galleries, London with the Armed Forces Art Society and in Salisbury with the Army Art Society. 
Born in West Yorkshire, Richard now lives in Devizes. He has won various awards for his work including, in 2013 being named War Artist of the Year.  The oil colour original 'Hombiss' paintings are now framed and for sale.
As part of the recently announced partnership between the BBC and the Tate, following transmission of the series on BBC One a display of works - chosen by the BBC from the finalists and the overall winner - will be hosted by the prestigious Tate Britain on London’s Millbank. For more information see: http://www.gallery21.co.uk/artists/richard-salter/ or:  http://www.armyartist.co.uk


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More books by Valerie Salter :

Close Your Doors! Keep the Monsters OUT!

Where Oh! Where! Is Hombiss the Hare?

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