This is the loveliest little book! My mom got this from a friend last Christmas right around the time my grandpa (her dad) passed away; dropping this on our doorstep, her friend left a note that this book is a wonderful pick me up, especially for the hardest of times. And boy, she was right.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse is a short story of a young boy who finds himself down in the dumps — from insecurity, fear, trauma, and the like. One day, he meets a mole, and the two quickly become friends. Soon, a fox and a horse enter the picture, and all three animals teach the little boy some of the most valuable lessons he needs to hear, about love, friendship, kindness, hope, perseverance and self-esteem. It’s the kind of book that you just want to give a hug to at the very end. It’s the kind of book that ALL of us need to read.

This book also has some really gorgeous watercolor illustrations by the author himself, making this kind of a picture book, but with an amazing message as well.

In times like today, especially with events like a global pandemic, life can feel a little scary. I’ve certainly been feeling that way in the last few weeks, as it seems like my first year out of college has been filled with all kinds of change, uncertainty, and at times, a lot of loneliness, and it is books like this one that help me get back on track. It’s messages like the ones in this book that remind me of all I have to be grateful for, and all of my friends and family who love me and have my back through every ebb and flow of life. See below for a few of the illustrations in the book, and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

xo, Sophie


  1. Sometimes the oddest collection of people or animals makes a lasting impression on us. It’s good to have our antennas up.


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