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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 978-0-9798986-5-5 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Julia was known for being a loving girl because she spoke with such sweetness.

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Her Mom would always tell her, “Julia, remember to always speak sweetly to people, especially the ones you love. By speaking sweetly, you can change someone’s day or make a person feel special. Even when you get angry or frustrated, still speak with sweetness because it is an expression of your love.” Julia took her Mom’s words to heart.

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One day, Julia was at her friend Grace’s house trying on some clothes. Emma, Grace’s little sister, also wanted to try on clothes with them, but Grace wouldn’t let her.

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Finally, Grace yelled, “Get out of here you little twerp! You’re too fat to fit into these clothes anyway!” Emma looked so embarrassed and ran into her room crying.

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Julia asked, “Grace, how can you be so mean to your sister? Don’t you know your words are an expression of the love you have inside of you. By talking to Emma like that, you can really hurt her feelings and make her feel unloved.”

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Grace responded, “She’ll get over it. It’s no big deal.” Julia replied, “It is a big deal, Grace,” and walked out of her room to see Emma.

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Grace followed and stopped by Emma’s door to listen to what they were talking about.

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Julia said, “Emma, I’m so sorry that Grace said those harsh things to you. I don’t know why she was being so mean because I know she loves you.” “No, she doesn’t,” said Emma. “Plus, she’s right. I am fat! Who could love a fatso like me?”

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At that moment, Grace’s heart sunk. She realized how her words affected Emma. She walked into the room immediately and apologized to Emma. From that day forward, Grace spoke sweetly to all people, especially to Emma. She realized that sweetness in speech is a powerful expression of love.

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

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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 FOLLOWING, TALENT, EMPATHY, DUTY, CONTENTMENT, SWEETNESS, CONCENTRATION, FORTITUDE, and FAITH in this inspiring sixth 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 – SWEETNESS