The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

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A journey - life is a journey - a journey that can get hard.

"I'm so small," said the mole.  "Yes," said the boy.  "But you make a huge difference."

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" the mole asks the boy.   "Kind, " answers the boy.

Yep, this is a fabulously inspirational, reassuring book for kids and grown-ups.  Could be a great graduation gift - one of those going out into the world sort of books.

As the "story" unfolds, a smallish boy is venturing forth into the world and meeting animals along the way.  First the mole walks by his side.  The mole is utterly charming and has a love of ..... well, I'll let you discover it for yourself,  It's enchanting.

The two begin discussing the world and living and how to do it well.  They ask each other great questions that really get to the heart of our lives and our pain and our happiness.

A fox and a horse will join in.  They meander along and they ask the questions we don't even know we are asking ourselves, but a lot of us are asking them.  "So you know all about me and you still love me," asks the boy?  The horse answers.  "Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do, " says the boy.

Anybody else ever felt that way?

It's pretty much one or two sentences per page - but boy do those sentences fill the pages.  This one you hold next to your heart and put on your side table so you can re-read it and remind yourself somebody else knows how you feel.  Somebody else has the same fears.  You aren't the only one and you are one who is seen and who is loved.

This would make a great read aloud for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

This is a really special book.  Put it on hold right now or go to your local independent bookstore and buy it.

128 pages                                        978-0062976581                           Ages 10 to adult

Keywords: inspiration, hope, self acceptance, self esteem, courage, journey, fox, mole, horse, humor, philosophy, self image, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, graduation gift, kindness, values, helping others, Character Building Curriculum, Middle School 8th Grade Book Club, middle school

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


From the revered British illustrator, a modern fable for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.

“Kind,” said the boy.

Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together.

Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.--from the publisher

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