The Grumpy Tree

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Generosity, nature caring

Main Lesson

The stubbornness and selfishness of a tree are remedied with tenderness and generosity


The forest


A tree, a girl, and the Spirit of the Forest

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The Grumpy Tree

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A story about generosity

There was once a grumpy tree. It was the biggest tree in the forest, and it didn't need its shadow for anything. However, the tree would never share its shadow with any of the animals, and wouldn't let them come anywhere near.

One year, the autumn and winter were terrible, and the tree, without its leaves, was going to die of cold. A little girl, who went to live with her grandma that winter, found the tree shivering, so she went to get a great big scarf to warm the tree up. The Spirit of the Forest appeared and told the little girl why that tree was so solitary, and why no one would help him. Even so, the girl decided to put the scarf on the tree.

The next springtime, the tree had learned from the girl's generosity, and when she sat next to the trunk the tree bent down to shade her from the sun. The Spirit of the Forest saw this and went to tell all the animals. He told them that from then on they would be able to shade themselves well, because the tree had learned that having kind and generous beings around makes the world a much better place to live in.

Let's work on this story, now that is fresh on our minds!

A minute for thinking

How do you think the world would be like if when anyone makes a mistake there wouldn't be any more opportunities for him? Have you make any mistakes ever? What motivates you more to be better: love or hate?

Let's talk!

Treating someone well when he is bad is difficult. You have to be confident people can change. Tell your child the story of someone (better if he or she is close to you) that has been able to become a better person. Don't forget to tell about those who helped him to achieve that change.

Why don't you try this?

Prepare and decorate a scarf to be set in a special place at home. Anytime someone in your family makes you feel angry, go and place gently the scarf on his or her neck. Don't say anything. Thus, recalling this story, you will show anger can be overcome with affection

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