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By Vinesh Nambiar

Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte


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By Vinesh Nambiar Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte Copyright © 2007 The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the copyright owners. Published by The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. ISBN 978-0-9798986-6-2 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

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“CJ…come on….why don’t you sit down and have some Zing soda with us, blow some Wacky-Taffy bubbles, and just relax?” said Lise. “Yeah,” said Vinay, “we can play some music, too. I’ll bring out my guitar and we can jam together.”

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“No, it’s okay,” responded CJ. “Zing soda isn’t good for you. It has too much sugar and gives you a short burst of energy, but then it makes you feel yucky afterward. And those Wacky-Taffy bubbles, although they taste good and all, they make you careless after a while. I care about things too much to waste time being careless.”

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“What are you talking about, CJ?” responded Vinay. “So many kids, and sometimes even their parents, blow Wacky-Taffy bubbles. It is the thing to do these days.”

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“Yeah,” followed Lise, “you’re just not a free person, CJ. Your parents are too strict. You don’t do anything cool and fun.”

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CJ replied, “Look Vinay and Lise…I am free. However, my parents have taught me about true freedom and the responsibility that goes along with it. My parents have taught me that I’m free to love, I’m free to give, I’m free to help, and I’m free to forgive. I’m free to be happy, I’m free to be kind, I’m free to be truthful, and have peace of mind. So you see….I really am free.”

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“The only thing is that my parents have also taught me that responsibility goes hand-in-hand with freedom. Therefore, I need to do good things with my time. I know you think what you’re doing is cool and fun, but I’m doing things that I think are cool and fun. These things make my friends and I feel good all of the time.”

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Vinay and Lise were speechless and looked at each other rather confused.

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CJ then saw his friends coming to get him. CJ said, “I’ve got to go now. My friends and I are going to use our ‘freedom’ to play some music for the kids at the children’s hospital. It gives us much happiness. Do you both want to come?”

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Vinay and Lise immediately said, “Yes, CJ, definitely! You’ve got us interested in seeing what real freedom is all about!”

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This book is dedicated to the Love that resides in the hearts of everyone.

108 Steps to Love

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Media that Makes a Difference

The End of Education is Character

Research that can Change the World

Learn more about the projects above at www.hv4k.org/framework . The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting universal human values in children. All products, projects, and programs developed by the organization have this aim in mind and contribute to this end. The organization operates on the premise that there is no solution more effective to solving the problems facing our world than to elicit the innate wisdom that resides in the hearts of our children. The organization has been built on the foundation of Peace, Truth, Righteousness, Nonviolence, and Love. Hence, the vision for The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is to change the world one heart at a time through values that apply to all people at all times in all places.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


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The Adventures in Human Values books are simple, yet powerful stories that teach kids about the importance of basic human values. Join Shivam, Khiara, Dorian, Elizabeth, CJ, Julia, Ahmed, Melia, and Keisha as they learn about CLEANLINESS, BEAUTY, UNITY, PERCEPTION, FREEDOM, WEALTH, INSPIRATION, EQUANIMITY, and HELPING in this inspiring seventh series. If we are to change the world for the better, then it must begin in the hearts of our children.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org

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