For a number of years now, we have asked our older students and their parents to read a selected book each summer as part of the Brunswick Trust program. Consistent with the mission of the Brunswick Trust, each selection — whether fiction or non-fiction — is chosen for its underlying message of fortitude, honor, and perseverance.
With that in mind, we expect few would dispute that this spring has been a uniquely challenging one for all in our community, so this year, after a great deal of consideration, we have chosen to go in a somewhat different direction.
Specifically, we have selected a book that can literally be read and enjoyed by virtually all members of our community — from parents, to Upper, Middle, and even Lower School boys. It can, as you will see, also be easily read to Pre School students. Our choice this summer is The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Makesy. We felt this opportunity for a shared and communal experience was of particular value in our present circumstances.
Although we are aware that on the surface, our selection might seem somewhat simplistic for our older boys, we hope that every reader (whether student or parent) will come to appreciate this year's choice as more of a work of poetry than of prose and perhaps, even more so, as a work of art. As will be clear, this year's choice is a light read indeed and we thought that, too, would be particularly welcome during these times.
Most importantly of all, in our view, it is the inspirational message that is central to our selection that we hope will strengthen and empower us all for the journey ahead.
Many homes may already have a copy, in which case, we urge you all to re-read it. For families that do not yet have a copy, we ask that you purchase your own copy on Amazon or at a local bookstore (if opened).
We hope you and your son enjoy The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse!