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The tiger brought Miao-Shan to a mountain cave and disappeared. When Miao-Shan awakened, it was as if she were no longer living on the earth, but instead a heavenly place where no one was angry and no one hurt each other. Not long after, because he had been so cruel, a terrible disease came upon Miao-Chuang. He was in great pain and about to die. Someone whose heart is free of anger and holds only love must give both of their eyes and arms to you. When Miao-Shan heard what her father needed to live, she did not think about what he had done but only of his suffering.

She went to the palace right away and gave him her own eyes and arms and the king was instantly healed. Then something wonderful happened to Miao-Shan! At once, she became Kuan-Yin, the goddess of a thousand eyes and a thousand arms. Now, it is said, she is the one in heaven who hears the cries of parents when their children are sick or unhappy and reaches out in love to help and protect them forever. At the beginning, do you think he realized he was being so cruel? At the end, do you think he was sorry?

How did you feel afterward? Although the Mullah Nasruddin sometimes acted as if he were very wise and learned, all the people in his village, especially the children, knew him really to be a simple and sometimes even silly man. The children particularly delighted in hearing stories about Mullah Nasruddin and his donkey because there always seemed to be so much funny trouble between the two of them.

They were going on a long journey to a place far away where the salt was to be sold. The donkey was not happy to be carrying such a heavy burden and, braying and kicking, she showed her owner her displeasure. At last they came to a stream. The donkey hesitated, but Mullah Nasruddin commanded her to cross. As soon as she entered the water, the salt began dissolving. In just a few moments there was almost nothing left in the bags!

Of course, while his donkey was overjoyed at the turn of events, Mullah Nasruddin was definitely not. He got very upset and grumbled the whole way home. After some time passed, Mullah Nasruddin decided to go into a new business — selling wool. Although the new load was very bulky, it was also very light and the donkey was quite relieved. So off they went again taking the same path they had before. At the stream, the donkey barely needed any encouragement to cross. But this time she was in for another surprise. In just a little bit, the wool became completely soaked with water.

Now her load felt just as heavy as the salt! Looking at the donkey standing sadly in the middle of the stream, Mullah Nasruddin could not keep himself from laughing. Who looks happy and who does not? Talk about a time you had a great surprise — either good or bad — in your life. A river ran between their two cities and both peoples needed the water from the river to raise crops in their fields. A dam had been built so that everyone got enough. But then a great drought came and the water almost all dried up.

Both sides claimed that what little water was left was theirs. The Shakyas and the Kolis in the area started calling each other very bad names and cursing one another as well. Soon the princes of both countries heard about the terrible argument. The stories they were told made it look like everyone hated each other and would never give in. Out of anger, they called their soldiers to battle. The two armies marched to the river and faced off. Though he was far away, Buddha saw in his mind that a war was just about to begin.

He sent himself through the sky and came to the battleground. When they saw him, the Shakyas cast down their swords for they honored Buddha as the jewel of their people. The Kolis did as well. Buddha asked them why they felt they had to fight. The princes were not really sure, so they asked the generals, who were not sure themselves. What value do they have? Both the Shakyas and the Kolis said that the value of water was really very little, but the value of people was very great indeed.

What did you do? Have you called someone names? Tell that story. What happened afterward? Hundreds of years ago in India there lived four boys who became childhood friends. As they all came from noble families, they were expected to study holy books and to grow up to be true leaders of the people and advisors to kings.

Three of the boys studied hard all day long and gained as much knowledge as the most learned scholars of the land. But they understood very little about real life. He saw and heard many things on his journey, and by the time he returned home had become wise enough to know which things were good to do and which were not.

In short, he had developed a great deal of common sense. One day the four friends were talking about their future when an exciting idea came up. We three should be the only ones to go and get a share, not him! Together, the three scholars argued over this idea for a while, but finally agreed that their friend, stupid as he seemed to them, could still come along.

So all four kept on their way through the forest path. Not long after, the four travelers came upon the dried up bones of a dead lion. So the first scholar got the skeleton together and the second one the flesh and blood and skin. If you bring the beast back to life, it will kill us all! Looking down from his safe spot high up on a branch, he watched the three scholars bring the lion back to life. With its first breath, the great beast arose from the earth, saw the three scholars — and instantly killed them all. Talk about why you think the three scholars wanted to make the lion come alive again.

Did you listen? Tell a story about what you imagine would have happened if you had changed what you were doing. Did your friend listen to you? Pay attention to where you sense the breaths in your body and then share your experience. Once a man was out searching in a forest for a lost horse when, at last, he came to a gap in a mountain he had to cross. As he was climbing over, he saw a terribly large snake below him with its tail caught between some very big rocks. The snake was free! So the man and the snake went along the path until they came upon a bear.

Then the man told the bear what had happened and what the snake had said. In a little while the man and the snake met a fox and, once more, the story was told. But the fox, unlike the bear and the wolf, did not rush to give an answer. Please take me back to the very spot where the snake was caught in the rocks.

When they got there, the fox asked the man to pry apart the big rocks again and he told the snake to put its tail just where it had been. Now things are all even between the two of you, just like they were before! Was the person grateful or not? In the very beginning, the Creator Kareya made the world. He made the fishes of the ocean first, then he made all the animals that live on the earth, and after the fishes and the animals at last Kareya made a man.

Kareya made all the creatures so that no one was, more powerful than another and no one was seen as better or worse than any other. This is how Kareya made all the creatures. You go make as many bows and arrows as there are animals in the world. You will give the animal that is meant to have the most power the longest bow and arrow and the one that is meant to have the least power the shortest bow and arrow. In nine days, the man made a bow and arrow for every animal, and Kareya called all the animals together to listen to him.

The animal who gets the longest bow will have the greatest power of all. They all wanted the longest bow, but Coyote was the only one who believed he knew how to get it. He thought if he were the first animal the man saw in the morning that he, Coyote, would get the longest bow. So when all the animals went to sleep, Coyote lay down too. But Coyote was only pretending to sleep. He was going to stay awake until the sunrise and then get the longest bow for himself.

But as the night went on, Coyote grew more and more sleepy. He got up and walked around, but still he was sleepy. He scratched at his eyes and started jumping and hopping about, but the sound woke up a few of the other animals. Coyote had to find another way to stay awake. When the first star in the morning sky came up, still some time before the sun would rise, Coyote just could not keep his eyes open anymore.

So he found two sticks and made them sharp and pointy. Then he stuck them in his eyelids. Now Coyote felt sure his eyes would stay open long enough for him to be the first one to meet the man and get the longest bow. But in no time at all, Coyote was sound asleep again. When all the other animals got up, Coyote did not stir from his deep sleep. The longest bow went to Cougar, and to Bear the next longest. And so the bows were given until the last one for Frog. But there was still one left over — the shortest bow.

They laughed a great-hearted laugh and danced all around him. The animals were laughing so hard that the man felt sorry for Coyote. Now Coyote would get the shortest bow and be the weakest one of them all. So the man prayed to Kareya for Coyote and Kareya made Coyote the cleverest and trickiest of all the animals. If you were the man, would you do it that way? Did you believe you deserved it? At the end of the story, if you could do it all over again, what would you do differently? One night the king of the monkeys looked down from a high cliff to the water far below.

I must find a way to get this treasure for myself. He told all the other monkeys about the beautiful jewel he had seen below, hoping they would help him get it. We can never reach down so far. Then the king of the monkeys had an idea.

One of you will climb a tall tree and hold on tight. Stick out your tail and the next monkey will hold onto it. Each monkey will hold onto the tail of the one above, making a long, long chain down to the water. Then the last monkey will be able to reach the jewel. All of them were connected in the chain to the first monkey, who was holding tightly to the tree. Just as the last monkey was about to reach the object that the king of the monkeys so desired, the weight of the monkeys proved to be too much and the monkey holding onto the tree let go.

All five hundred monkeys fell into the water and all five hundred monkeys drowned. Share a story about when you really wanted something and you asked others to help you. What would you do when the king of the monkeys came up with his idea to make the chain? Would you join the chain or stand back and watch?

King Solomon was known throughout all the lands as the wisest of the wise. In the holy city of Jerusalem, he built a grand palace with wonderful gardens close to the Great Temple. Every morning, King Solomon sat among the flowers and prayed to find peace in his heart. But one sunny day, he was rudely surprised. A bee bit him right on his kingly nose! Now, as it has been told, King Solomon knew the ways of all the animals and could even speak their languages. How was I to know it was really your nose shining red in the sun!

King Solomon laughed and laughed. He had a lot to think about. The great Queen of Sheba was coming all the way from Africa to meet him! After the queen arrived at the palace, King Solomon soon found out that she wanted to see if he was so wise. The queen was going to test him with the toughest and trickiest riddles in all the world.

They can be sweet as honey or bitter as medicine, yet they always come from the same place. When we are happy, tears are sweet, but when we are sad and grieving, tears can be most bitter indeed. Yet they always come from the same place — our eyes. Then she called sixty children who had journeyed with her from Africa to enter the Great Hall. Which are the girls and which are the boys? King Solomon immediately ordered a sack of delicious nuts to be brought and a big handful given to each child.

The boys quickly lifted their robes to stuff the nuts in the pockets of the pants they wore underneath. The girls made their robes into pouches and filled them with nuts, too. She had saved the most difficult riddle for last.

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When the queen clapped her hands, forty royal artists came into the room carrying forty bouquets of most beautiful red roses. The queen smiled. How could he solve this last riddle? Then King Solomon heard the voice of a tiny bee calling out to him. It was the same bee who had bit him on the nose! The little bee flew over to the bouquets and dove right smack in the middle of the only one which was real. It was so easy for her to smell the nectar inside the roses. King Solomon bowed to the Queen of Sheba and walked over to pick up the bouquet.

Thank you so very much. What if you were the bee? Tell a story about a time you blamed a friend for something you found out later was just an accident. Morning and Evening were brothers, sons of Mahu. Mahu was God of all the people, but he did not treat Morning and Evening with equal generosity. Morning was the one born first, so Mahu gave him many people to rule over and a great number of precious things also. Evening, the younger one, got a calabash gourd filled with two kinds of beads — n ana and azumun — contained inside it. These two kinds of beads were the only things that Mahu had not given to his older son, Morning.

Morning had riches of all sorts, but of nana and azumun he had none. One day Morning fell sick and the doctor was called to cure him. Then Morning would be well again. Since Morning had none of these beads, his people went out to get them. But nobody in all the land had any. Evening was the only one who had nana and azumun beads. So Evening sold them the beads and they left.

When Morning was cured, Evening began to think. Evening remembered that when Morning passed a calabash plant, the leaves curled up. In this way, Evening made Morning sick as often as he wished. Morning had to keep giving his brother cowrie shells and after a while Evening had all of them. He became the richest one in the land and the people looked at Evening as their new king. What would you say to him if you knew that the two brothers were not speaking to each other?

What would you say to him if you found out he was making his brother sick? What about at the end? A long time ago a monkey, an elephant, and a partridge lived as neighbors high up in the Himalayan Mountains. They were friends but still were often rude and unkind to each other. That will be a better way to live. But which one of them was the oldest? The monkey, the elephant, and the partridge thought about this question for quite a while until at last they came up with a way to find out.

How tall was it when you first saw it? And when I stood upon it, the highest branches, that now seem to touch the sky, tickled my belly. So you would have to say that I am so old that I knew the tree as just a little bush. Since it first began growing, I have known the tree. The monkey and the elephant now turned to the partridge to ask how long he had known the tree. I used to fly up into that great big tree and eat of its fruit, and drop its seeds all around. That is how this banyan came to grow here. So I knew this tree even before it was born.

That makes me the oldest! From now on we will listen to you and be more respectful to each other. After that, the three friends never argued about who was older again. On the other half of the paper, draw or paint a picture of everyone and put their names in again. What would you ask them about their lives? What would you want to tell them about yours? Because he was so much taller than the other boys of his age, they all teased him and called him Master Tall.

He was a good boy who tried his best to learn, but although he listened to everything his teachers said, it seemed like nothing they taught him stuck. After his schooling was over, Master Tall was old enough to work, but what could he do? But Master Tall had a problem right from the start. It was almost impossible for him to tell one buffalo from another. They lay at ease on the grass, laughing and joking and playing on their reed pipes.

Thinking every buffalo that wandered off was his, Master Tall spent the whole day chasing and catching buffaloes. When evening came, he had to wait until all the buffaloes had been taken away before he could bring the only three left back home. By the time Master Tall arrived it was very late. Do not tire yourself out by herding all the buffaloes of the village. When he finally got home, Master Tall saw his father waiting for him at the gate.

Everything was alright in the morning, and only our buffaloes had wreaths on their horns. What would you do when the other boys teased and tricked you? Would you tell about it? What would you do when Master Tall came home after chasing all the buffaloes again? When the Hebrew people left Egypt and marched into an unknown desert, they hoped they would find a better life in a new land. In the great crowd were people from many different countries. Out of hunger, their ancestors had crossed over to Egypt long ago only to become bound in service to the Pharaoh.

Now at last they were free to go! In the desert it was hard to know which way to go, but a great moving cloud came every day before the people and at night a great moving fire showed them the way. They soon came to a watery place called the Sea of Reeds. They had not seen an Egyptian for many, many days and once they passed over the sea they would be safe.

A new life was possible! But then the people who were camping on the shore heard a terrible sound in the distance. It was the Egyptian army coming fast with thousands of soldiers and hundreds of chariots! Now everybody looked to Moses to help them for he was the one who had always dealt with Pharaoh before.

But Pharaoh and his awful army were quickly upon them. They had no place to go but the sea! Some wept bitter tears. Moses raised his staff high above the sea and reached out his hands. A strong wind from the east blew over the sea and began pushing the water to both sides. As one of the people on the shore stepped into the sea, the earth appeared and a clear path opened up for everyone to cross over! When the Egyptians saw those whom they had ruled for so long leaving them behind, they were amazed.

They whipped their horses and ran madly after the people to catch them before they reached the other side. But their chariots got stuck in the muddy earth and the trapped soldiers could not get through. When the people were all safely across, the wind stopped blowing and the waters of the sea crashed down upon the Egyptians. From the first to the last, everyone had crossed over to freedom!

When you first heard and saw the Egyptian army coming after you, what would you do? Now add to your picture the people camped out on the shore of the Sea of Reeds. When you saw the first person step into the sea, what did you think would happen? What would the people find on the other side of the sea? The clouds and the fire are no longer before you. How will you find your way?

Please tell me. The guru told the man to own as little as possible and to live as simply as he could. So the student gave up all his things and moved to a tiny hut far from other people. Every morning he woke up at dawn, did yoga, and sat in silence for a long time. One day the man discovered something quite unusual had happened.

Since he had nothing else, it seemed he had no choice but to go to the village and beg for another. The villagers were happy to give him one, but only a few days later the birds returned and ruined it again. So the man asked for and got a cat. Then he needed to beg for milk to feed the cat. After a time the villagers grew weary of giving him milk for the cat. So he went and asked for a cow. Once he had the cow, he needed hay to feed the cow. His neighbors told him to stop begging and grow his own hay. Surely he could see that there was plenty of farmland to be had.

So the simple man became a farmer. Soon he had to build barns and hire workers. After a long time without hearing from his student, the guru came at last to see how he was doing. Do you know where he has gone? Tell a story about how something you did turned out much different than you wanted.

When he was young, Gluscabi went hunting in the forest for some animals to eat. But even though Gluscabi walked very quietly in his moccasins, the animals sensed he was there and hid from him. Gluscabi did not catch a single one. Grandmother heard his singing and she made him a special game bag with hair from a deer. Gluscabi was not satisfied with it. Then Grandmother wove moose hairs into the bag, but Gluscabi kept on singing.

Finally Grandmother took some hair from her own belly and sewed it into the bag.

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Now the bag could stretch and stretch and become bigger and bigger. Gluscabi was pleased with this magic game bag and carried it back to the forest with him. The earth is going to be destroyed. But have no fear; I have come to help you. The animals were scared but eventually they crept toward Gluscabi and asked how he meant to help them. Gluscabi tied the bag closed with all the animals in it and ran home.

He was very happy. Gluscabi showed her the magic bag. I got all the animals to go into the bag. Now whenever we want to eat meat we can take one out. Grandmother was not pleased. There are no animals left in the forest, and all the animals in your bag will die without food and water. They cannot breathe. There will be no animals left on the earth. I want my children, their children, and all their children to live with the animals. I only did this because hunting is so hard. The animals will become wiser too when you hunt them.

Some will always get away from the arrows you shoot and the traps you set. All will live in balance. This is a good way. Gluscabi agreed. He took the magic bag back to the forest and let all the animals go. You are safe now. And all the animals went back to their place in the forest. Gluscabi listened to Grandmother, so we still see animals everywhere on the earth. What would you do after you found hunting to be so hard?

Would you ask for help? Would you make a magic bag for Gluscabi? What do you do now? Draw or paint a picture of how they are living now. Once there was a young boy named Onami who dreamed of becoming a great wrestler. He was big and strong and, from the first of his lessons, practiced hard to learn all the moves his teacher taught him.

By the time he grew up Onami became so good at wrestling that he could even defeat his own teacher. But that was only when they were alone. If people were watching, it was entirely different. Then even some of the newer students could toss Onami to the ground. One day Onami heard about a master teacher named Hakuju who was visiting a little temple nearby.

Right away Hakuju was kind to Onami and offered to help. In his heart, Onami knew that what the master said was right, but still he was afraid. Tonight, go sit in the temple and concentrate on being quiet and still. Breath deeply and imagine yourself as great waves coming from a great ocean. Then you will see how powerful you really are! Inside the temple, Onami sat alone and began to see himself as a great wave. Whenever he became distracted, Onami remembered to concentrate on his name again. Soon the waves grew higher and higher and started washing over the tables and the flower vases in the room.

By the rising of the sun all that remained was Onami sitting peacefully before an endless ocean. When Hakuju returned later that morning to check on Onami, he saw him smiling. He too smiled. You are a great wave that can overcome anything. And it was true. From that day on Onami won every contest he entered for the rest of his life. Draw or paint a picture that includes both you and the problem in it.

Draw or paint another picture and look at it for a little while. If you want, talk about what changed from the first picture to the second and how you feel about yourself now. A very, very rich man lived in a very, very large house. His servants made a lovely garden for him, so that even in the hottest days of summer the rich man could sit in the cool shade of his tall trees. Still, the rich man was always thinking about more things his servants could do for him.

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He commanded them to dig new gardens and build more stone walls around his property. When the servants dug through the earth, they found many rocks, far too many for them to use. They did this day after day. At last, a wise old man came walking along and saw the stones being tossed into the road. The rich man paid little attention to the old man. After that day, everything went badly for the rich man. All the businesses that had made so much money for him failed, and he lost all that he owned.

The rich man was forced to leave his big house and walk the very road on which he had ordered his servants to throw stones. How I wish that I had cared then! When he told you to dig out more rocks and throw them on the road, how would you feel about him then? What would you say to him? Would you walk away without saying anything more? Would you do anything to help him? The young hunters will get weak and the beautiful girls will become ugly. And all the bright, colorful, wonderful flowers they are playing with will lose their colors.

And his heart was even sadder. The sun was still shining and it was bright. The Creator saw the sunlight all golden, the sky so blue, the white corn, the yellow leaves, and all the colors of the flowers. He put all this in a special bag. After all that, he put in the songs of the birds, too. Many, many colored butterflies flew out of the bag when the children opened it — so many they filled the sky. The children had never seen such beautiful creatures.

There was joy in their hearts. Then the beautiful butterflies began to sing. This too made the children happy. A songbird heard the butterflies singing their songs and flew to the Creator. Now you have given them away to these new creatures. It is not a good way. These new creatures are full of beautiful colors. Draw or paint a picture showing how beautiful you are.

On a separate piece of paper, please write about or illustrate your gifts and talents. If you want, you may do both. How do you feel at the end of the story? Daniel was thrown into a dark hole in the ground. There were lions all around, ready to tear him to pieces. He heard their growling and roaring and they sounded hungry. Keep me from the mouths of these terrible lions! In his heart, secretly he hoped Daniel would come out alive.

Because they were jealous of Daniel, they all wanted him to die, and it was they themselves who had tricked the king into punishing him. The king, they knew, had come to trust Daniel more than them, so the wicked advisors came up with a plan. They went to the palace and bowed before the king. The king was delighted to hear this.

So the king made a law that no one in the kingdom could pray to anyone but him and disobeying the law meant death. They knew when they praised him as the greatest god he would forget that Daniel prayed to the living God, not the king, and that Daniel always would. Daniel prayed to God three times every day and when he heard the new law he still prayed to God. The advisors told the king and he was forced to give Daniel to the lions. The sun came up. Now the king and all the advisors could see what happened to Daniel. He was alive! Look, the lions are asleep and did not hurt me!

Then King Darius commanded that the wicked advisors be thrown in with the lions themselves. How do you think he felt before he got still? How do you think he felt after? In the hills of Japan a long while ago two cats lived together. One was black and very big and the other a tabby, much smaller in size. They were the best of friends, these two, and were very good to each other. One day, each of them found a most delightful treat — a fresh, sweet rice cake.

It smells more wonderful than a fat field mouse! They soon noticed that the two cakes were very different in size. The big cat had a small cake and the small cat a much bigger one. I will never trade with you. They started calling each other names, and soon they were snarling and trying to scratch each other. For hours the big cat and the small cat chased each other around the trees and howled. He can make equal shares of the rice cakes for us. As the cakes were already beginning to get hard, the small cat agreed.

Both cats wanted to eat the cakes while they were still fresh and tasty, so they hurried off to find the wise monkey. At last there he was, sitting in a high branch of a tree, wearing a red hat. The wise monkey held a set of golden scales in his hands that he used to solve problems just like the one the two cats had. They talked both at once but the wise monkey soon understood. He promised the cats that each of them would get an equal share.

Then he took the two cakes from them and put one on each side of the scale. The sides did not balance because the big cake was much heavier than the small one. I will have to take a bite to even them out. But he took too much, and now the other cake was the heavier one. The wise monkey kept taking bites out of one and then the other and both cakes got smaller and smaller. He kept weighing and eating and weighing and eating until he had eaten up all of both rice cakes. That is what you came for, is it not? Now, there is nothing left for you to fight about.

How do you feel when you first find the rice cake? What would you do when the two quarreling cats came to see you? A holy man named Aman made a journey to see the rich and powerful Haroun Al-Rashid, the Caliph who ruled over many lands. The Caliph did not even pause for a moment before answering.

Aman nodded. With your life in danger, O great Caliph, what would you give for a a few pills that would cure your condition and keep your soul alive? Do you have what is really important to you or is something missing? What would you wish for? One day a farmer went out from his farm. He closed the gate to the yard where all the animals stayed, meaning to return in a short while. But days and days went by and the farmer did not come back. All the animals became very hungry and thirsty.

Even the rooster lost the energy to crow. The animals sat motionless in the shade of a big tree. They were trying to stay alive until the farmer gave them food and water again. But the peacock gathered all his remaining strength together. He rose up, opened his multi-colored tail, and strutted before all the other animals. A deer came to a pool to drink, and stopped to look at his image in the water. When he saw his mighty antlers, the deer swelled with pride. When he saw his legs reflected in the water, the deer was sorry that they appeared to be so skinny and weak.

While he was thinking these thoughts, a lion suddenly ran right at him. As long as the deer kept running on the plain, he kept ahead of the lion. But when the deer ran into the forest, his antlers got stuck on some tree branches and the lion caught up to him. My scrawny legs almost got me away to safety, and my magnificent antlers cost me my life!

Draw or paint a picture of both of them. How do you think the other animals feel about you and your tail? How do you think the lion felt about your legs? What is special about her or him? Turtle was always talking. He talked so much the other animals in the pond became very annoyed with him and moved away when Turtle came near. So Turtle began talking to himself. One day two new geese came to visit the pond. Turtle started talking to them right away. He told the geese how beautiful their feathers were and went on and on about it. The geese looked at the tall trees they would have to fly over to get to another pond.

Are you insane? So the geese agreed to do their part and take Turtle up in the air. They got a long stick, Turtle bit down in the middle of it, and the geese flew up high over the tall trees. Soon the children below saw an amazing sight in the sky — two geese carrying a turtle! What would you do when Turtle talked on and on to you? Think about something that you overdo. Today do less or, if possible, none of that one thing.

Spend one whole day doing more of that thing. A poor man lived with his wife and six children in a very small one-room house. Finally the man could stand it no more. He talked to his wife and asked her what to do. Whatever it is, you can tell me. And so the man told the rabbi how miserable things were at home with him, his wife, and all their six children eating and living and sleeping in one room.

Do you promise? The rabbi then asked him a strange question. The poor man was astonished to hear this advice from the rabbi, but he had promised to do exactly what the rabbi said. So he went home and took all the farm animals into the tiny house. The next day he ran back excitedly to see the rabbi. I did what you told me and the animals are all over the house! Rabbi, help me! The man did as the rabbi said, but hurried back again the next day. So the poor man went home and took the goat outside. But he ran back again to see the rabbi, crying and wailing. Can human beings live with an animal like this?

Go home now and take the cow out of your house. The next day he came running back to the rabbi again. What a joy! What do you think the rabbi would tell you if he heard it? If a friend complained to you, what would you say? One day, a woodcutter went out to chop a load of firewood to sell in the market, but his favorite axe was gone. He looked all through the woodpile, behind his house, and even in his house.

He looked everywhere he thought he might have put the axe, but he could not find it. The more he looked, the more upset and frustrated he became. He exhausted himself looking for his precious axe. The longer he stared at the boy the more convinced the woodcutter was that he was a thief. The next day the woodcutter walked over to a pile of firewood he had forgotten about and tripped on something. It was his axe! He inspected the boy up and down, from head to toe. He looked at him right in the eye. Would you do anything differently? Pretend you are the boy. In the middle of the hot desert, the prophet Muhammad was reading from the holy book to a large group of eager listeners when a sickly cat walked up.

After Muhammad nodded a warm welcome to the cat, it sat right down on the hem of his very precious robe, and went to sleep. All day long Muhammad shared with the assembly, and as the sun rose to its greatest strength and fell again, no one moved from their place. The cat as well remained asleep and still, healing in the way cats do, in the protection of the prophet Muhammad and the softness of his robe.

At last, the day came to its end and everyone returned to their dwelling places to find peace for the night. Muhammad was the last to leave. All alone under the stars, Muhammad took a knife and cut off the hem where the cat lay sleeping.


He had ruined his precious robe, but had not woken up the cat! What would you do when the sick cat walked up to you? What would you do when the cat sat on his precious robe? Chelm was a little village in Poland where everybody was known to be just a little silly. In the village lived a shoemaker who one day decided to head off for the big city of Warsaw. It was a long way to walk, and after a while the poor shoemaker grew very tired. But he was afraid to go to sleep. So the shoemaker thought up a clever idea.

Before he lay down, he took off his boots. Maggie oversees the development of Scholastic. A bedtime routine built around reading a story to your child is one many parents swear by, not only to settle their kids down for the night, but to bond and make memories. It often boils down to the text: A winning read-aloud will sing when spoken. Opportunities to laugh together, and topics that might introduce new ideas you can talk with your child about, are also key criteria. Toggle navigation.

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