The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

The book is a treasure – playful, affecting, healing, joyful, wrapping you in heartfelt images and words. Charlie Mackesy’s characters express courage in asking for help, knowing your own value and that you are enough, the strength in community, caring for friends, the meaning of home, resilience, compassion and the power of kindness. They tell us: “Love doesn’t need you to be extraordinary”, “Being honest is always interesting”, cake is a remedy, “kindness […] sits quietly beyond all things”, “you bring to this world things no one else can”, and some reassurance we all need to hear at this time … “This storm will pass”.

Naomi Hart Reading Corner 

Let's listen to the story together

Prompt 1 - Create Your Own Story

Create your own story of friendship with the characters of a boy or girl, a mole, a fox and a horse. You might like to use a quote from the story to support your writing. 

Here is my favourite quote:

Prompt 2 - Quotables

This week you are going to be really challenged as a writer. We want you to write a story of friendship between four characters. You can create your own characters but take your lead from the book. 

Prompt Challenge – You must use at least three of the quotes used in the book in your story. All the inspirational quotes from the book are below for you to see.

The global goal we are thinking about this week is Social Inequalities, Global Goal 10. Just like the boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse these characters were all from different social groupings. Think about how you can bring social groups together through friendship. 

Quotes from the book

“What do you think is the biggest waste of time? “Comparing yourself to others”, said the mole.”


“What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said? asked the boy.

‘Help,’ said the horse.

‘Asking for help isn’t giving up,’ said the horse. ‘It’s refusing to give up.”


“Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole.

“I think I’m grateful to have a glass,” said the boy.”


“Do you have any other advice?” asked the boy.

“Don’t measure how valuable you are by the way you are treated,” said the horse.”


“One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.”


“We often wait for kindness…but being kind to yourself can start now.”


“The greatest illusion,” said the mole, “is that life should be perfect.”


“Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.”


“When things get difficult remember who you are.’

‘Who am I?’ asked the boy

‘You are loved’ said the horse”


“Nothing beats kindness,’ said the horse. ‘It sits quietly beyond all things.”


“I am truly tiny’ said the mole

‘The love inside you,’ said the boy ‘is as big as the universe.”


“Doing nothing with friends is never doing nothing, is it?’ asked the boy.

‘No,’ said the mole.”


“This is easily my favourite place’ said the mole

‘Why?’ asked the boy

‘Because you are all here,”


“Home isn’t always a place is it?”


“Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do,” said the boy


“You’ll catch up,” said the horse.”

“Just take this step…

The horizon will look after itself.”


“Imagine how we would be if we were less afraid.”


“How do they look so together and perfect?” asked the boy.

“There’s a lot of frantic paddling going on beneath,” said the horse.”


“Isn’t it odd. We can only see our outsides, but nearly everything happens on the inside”


“When the big things feel out of control focus on what you love right under your nose”


“What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy.

“Help”, said the horse.”


“When the dark clouds come…

…keep going”

“this storm will pass”


“We have such a long way to go”, sighed the boy

“Yes, but look how far we’ve come”, said the horse”


“Don’t measure how valuable you are by the way you are treated.”

― Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Talk To Our ARTIST Olivia

Can you explain the meaning behind Olivia’s image this week? She has taken her inspiration from the story The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. She would love to hear your thoughts. Send here a message on her wakelet and I am sure she will leave you a reply.

If you look closely you will see Olivia has recorded all the quotes from the book in her drawing. 

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