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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 978-0-9798986-3-1 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


“Don’t lose hope, Melia,” said her friend, Krystal. “But nothing is working out!” responded Melia. “The picture I drew wasn’t selected for the open house display at school, my parents don’t have enough money to send me to art classes, and I can’t take the free art classes after school because I have tennis practice at that time.”

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Krystal asked, “Your drawing wasn’t selected for open house? I can’t believe it! That picture was awesome! Everyone knows you are one of the best artists in school. I wonder why the teacher didn’t select it.”

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“See,” said Melia, “nothing is working out!” “I’m sorry Melia,” responded Krystal. “I didn’t mean to make you feel worse. I just want you to know that I think your picture is great and so do many other people. The fact of the matter is that you just can’t lose hope, Melia. You have a gift, and one day things will just work out to help you share your gift with others. But you need to have hope, so you don’t give up on your gift.”

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“What exactly is hope?” asked Melia.

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Krystal said, “Well, my Dad told me hope is like the light of the sun reflecting on the moon when it’s dark outside. Even though it’s dark, you still know the sun will come out again because you can see the moon at night.”

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“But, Krystal, there are times when the moon can’t be seen at all,” said Melia. Krystal responded, “Melia, that’s when you need to have faith, which is another story. For now, you just need to have hope because things can work out.”

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A few days passed and Melia came running to Krystal. “Krystal, you won’t believe it!” exclaimed Melia.

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“The picture that I drew that my teacher didn’t select for open house is going to be in the newspaper because I won their art contest. And the principal at our school was so impressed that he decided we should have an art class that is taught during the school day. Now I can become a better artist!”

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“By the way, take a look at my latest drawing. It is a picture of a bright moon on a dark night with the sun hiding behind it smiling. It’s a picture of hope.”

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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 STRENGTH, BRAVERY, GRATITUDE, ACCEPTANCE, DISCIPLINE, HAPPINESS, COOPERATION, HOPE, and SELF-CONTROL in this inspiring fourth 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

Adventures in Human Values - Stories for Children – HOPE  

The Adventures in Human Values books are simple, yet powerful stories that teach kids about the importance of basic human values. Join Shiv...