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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 978-0-9798986-1-7 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Ever since she was a little girl, Elizabeth received many things. She had nice clothes, lots of toys, and just about anything she wanted.

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She would ask for things all the time, and her parents would fulfill her desires even though she wasn’t always thankful.

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Then one day, Elizabeth’s parents told her that they could no longer afford to buy her things like they used to because her Dad had lost his job. Elizabeth was not happy about this, but she understood.

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However, about a month later, Elizabeth came home and asked, “Mom, can I play an instrument at school? My teacher told us that if our parents can buy us an instrument, then we can have free music lessons at school. I really want to play the flute!” Her Mom said, “Elizabeth, we cannot afford to buy you a flute. However, you can have my old violin that I used to play when I was a little girl if you want to play that.”

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Elizabeth really wanted to play the flute, but she was just thankful to play an instrument, so she was happy.

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A few weeks later, Elizabeth came home and asked, “Dad, can I buy some books from the book club at school? Lots of kids are ordering new books, and I also want to order some.” Elizabeth’s Dad said, “Elizabeth, we cannot afford to buy you new books. However, we can take you to the library, so you can check out books to read and then return them when you’re done.”

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Elizabeth really wanted new books of her own, but she was just thankful to at least be able to go to the library to check out books, so she was happy.

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Eventually, when Elizabeth’s Dad started working again, her parents were able to buy her whatever she wanted like before. However, Elizabeth didn’t ask for things anymore. When her Mom and Dad asked her why, she said, “I have enough stuff, so I am thankful for what I have. I don’t need anything else right now because I’m already happy.”

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Elizabeth’s response filled her Mom and Dad with joy. They knew Elizabeth was truly thankful.

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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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C.O.R.E

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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 HONESTY, TENDERNESS, ENCOURAGEMENT, THANKFULNESS, FRIENDSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, PRACTICE, RESPECT, and POSITIVITY in this inspiring second 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

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