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By Vinesh Nambiar

Illustrated by Brannon Collins


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By Vinesh Nambiar Illustrated by Brannon Collins 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 978-0-9798986-0-0 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Julia always listened to people. She knew that listening was important because her parents taught her about the goodness of listening. One important lesson they taught her was listening without interrupting. They would say, “Julia, please don’t interrupt us when we’re talking. If you listen to us without interrupting, then we’ll listen to you when you talk.”

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Julia used to interrupt her parents a lot, which made them very sad. But they would continue telling her how important it was to listen without interrupting.

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One day, while her parents were talking, Julia just sat quietly and listened. When her parents were done talking, she asked a really thoughtful question because she had listened.

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Her parents said, “Thank you, Julia, for listening without interrupting. You are becoming such a good listener. You have made us so happy!� Julia then decided that she would never interrupt anyone when they talked.

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Another important lesson that her parents taught her was listening attentively. They would say, “Julia, please listen attentively to us when we talk to you. This means that you listen with love and care to our words. If you listen attentively to us, then we’ll do the same for you when you talk.�

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Julia did not listen attentively, which made her parents very sad. But they would continue telling her how important it was to listen in this manner.

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One day, her Mom and Dad asked her to get ready for dinner because they needed to pick up something from the store before it closed. Julia was right in the middle of playing with her toys, but instead of fussing as usual, she listened with love and care to her parents and got ready for dinner right away.

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Julia’s Mom and Dad said, “Thank you, Julia, for listening attentively to us. You have made us so happy!” Julia then decided that she would always listen attentively to people.

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In time, Julia became a great listener. Even when her friends told jokes, Julia laughed the most because she always listened the best.

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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 COURAGE, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, TEAMWORK, COMPASSION, LISTENING, CARING, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and SHARING in this inspiring first series. If we are to change our 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 – LISTENING