Corrymeela Resources



Two Mules

A fable for children based on a Quaker poster from 1933.

Two Mules cover

 A story for children and young people this book about co–operation is now available for purchase.

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From the back cover:


The well–known Quaker poster with the message of “Co–operation is better than conflict” features a picture fable of two tethered mules who struggle to reach separate piles of hay in a field and eventually recognise that to get to their food they need to co–operate.  The poster often includes the words “A fable for the Nations”, but it clearly applies to many different levels of human activity.

Having used the poster and its themes regularly with children and young people in various settings, especially in cross–community activities in Northern Ireland, the authors here present the Mules fable in the form of an illustrated story and a song.  The quarrelling children in the story have to learn the lesson that “We’ve got to pull together” and that it’s “no use pulling apart”!  The story is followed by suggestions for activities designed to encourage skills in co–operation. 

Norman Richardson and Yvonne Naylor are both members of the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation, and profits from the sale of this publication will be donated to Corrymeela to support their continuing work with a wide range of groups and individuals. 


 Additional resources are available for download with more to come, including a recording of the Two Mules Song (The Co–operation song).

Two Mules – Additional Resources

More follow–up activities for teachers, parents and others


Two Mules – Words and Music

Words and music for the Co–operation song.


The Co–operation Song: recording


About the Co–operation Song