by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press NY 2003)
peace with ourselves-peace with each other
highly recommended but and available - maybe a copy in your local library
John relates an old legendary Asian and European tale about three monks who were in search of answers to their questions. The monks came across a village of people who only worked hard for themselves. The monks agreed that the villagers did not know happiness. This incredible tale is for all ages to enjoy and share together and it contains many peace-building elements:
So the monks decided to show the villagers how to make stone soup while teaching them all to work together for the good of everyone. As each villager contributed what they could to the soup it became more and more delicious and there was enough for everyone.
So how does the story end???
Everyone was happy.
There are many other essential peace-building elements inherent in this wonderful story.
"Thank you," said the villagers.
"With the gifts you have given, we will always have plenty.
You have shown us that sharing makes us richer."
There is always opportunities to give and to share.
Critical questions to explore with children
Creative questions to explore with children
© Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation October 2005