Book 4 The Heart of Goodness
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Teacher's Manual 4
Ages 9 to 10
selected, these famous and not-so-famous fairy tales from the Brothers
Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen are retold with a character education
emphasis for today. From the perennially moving The Ugly Duckling and
The Little Match Girl to the lesser known but delightful It’s Perfectly
True and The Water of Life, the book takes teachers and students into a
fantasy world that nevertheless contains the deepest truth: a heart of
goodness is a treasure for life. The consequences of doing bad things
out of a selfish character and the rewards of doing good things out of
an unselfish character are vividly depicted. Fanciful illustrations add
to the fun and poignancy of this treasure trove of meaningful fantasy
Chapter 17: It’s Perfectly True
(Adapted from Hans Christian Anderson)
Moral: Don’t gossip or listen to gossip.
It was a Sunday morning, and the barnyard hens were roosting and cackling away.
The horse neighed in agreement, “Those hens are always talking about someone. Big gossipers they are, indeed!”
“I heard that Harriet Hen flew so awkwardly off the fence that she fell into the pig sty,” said one hen.
“That’s nothing,” said another. “I heard that Ronald Rooster forgot to
wake up at sunrise and no one got up on time!”
“Quiet down,” grunted mother pig to the cackling hens. “What’s all the noise about? Can’t you be quiet?”
the game of “Gossip.” Students stand in a line. You think of one or two
simple sentences, such as, “I am going to the store to buy some rice
and beans.” Then you whisper it into the ear of the first student, who
then whispers what he or she heard to the next student, and so on. The
last student says what he or she heard out loud. Usually the sentence
gets very distorted by the end! After playing several rounds of
“Gossip,” ask students if they learned anything from this game.