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Is anything valid to get what we want so much? This philosophical question addresses us more or less frequently as adults in our day to day life. But what if we asked this question of our children? This is precisely what this story titled The crocodile stone'. This story invites children (and parents) to reflect on whether the end does not really justify the means to achieve something we want.
Every morning the crocodile had the same routine: it would walk for a while along the dirt path, eat, take a long bath in the river, and sunbathe on a large stone on the shore. That was how he was happy every day.
One morning, after swimming in the river, he went to lie down, as usual, to dry himself in the sun, and he was surprised when he saw that the stone was occupied by two chimpanzees.
He watched them for a while and as they did not seem to be in a hurry he approached them.
- Good morning - he greeted politely.
- Good morning - the primates also greeted politely.
"You are sitting on my stone," he said trying to hide his nervousness. The chimps looked at each other without understanding anything.
- That stone is mine! - He insisted - I take the sun every day.
- The stones have no owner! - Said the largest chimpanzee.
The crocodile got very angry, and with a smack it went away and hid behind some trees to see what they were doing.
First the little chimpanzee went swimming, while the other one guarded the place. After a while it was the big one who got into the river, while the little one watched him sitting on the stone.
The two chimpanzees lay down again closing their eyes and fell asleep.
The increasingly angry crocodile he started throwing pebbles at them.
- Oh! - protested the biggest chimpanzee - Why did you hit me?
- It was not me! - the little boy protested.
They looked at each other suspiciously and lay down again.
After a while, the crocodile, aiming to hit the head, threw another stone at the same monkey.
- Ayyyyyyy! - He yelled touching his reddened ear, and immediately hit the little boy with a strong push and made him fall to the ground with his legs up.
The little boy got up and pinched the other one hard on the nose.
The two monkeys started fighting each other slapping and running and screaming, one after the other they moved away from the river.
The crocodile came out of its hiding place, smiled with its great jaw, lay down on the stone and began to sunbathe: the stone was his.
As you may have already noticed, this story invites reflection. The narration of the story of the crocodile and the chimpanzees will encourage you to have a conversation about what happened by the characters. Thanks to this more relaxed chat with your children, you will be able to understand a little better what their opinion is on the subject, but you can also take advantage of let him see that the crocodile's attitude is not right.
To help you steer the conversation a bit, here is a list of some questions you can ask your children. Do not pose the questions to them as if it were an exam, since then they will not be very willing to talk to you. It is better that you talk about them in a natural and spontaneous way in your conversation.
- The crocodile is happy now, because he got his stone, but Do you think it's okay the way you got it?
- Is that stone really from the crocodile or can everyone use it?
- What do you think the crocodile should have done when he saw that there were two chimpanzees on his stone? Should he have gone to another or could he have asked?
- If you were the crocodile, What would you have done?
- Let's imagine that you are the crocodile and I am one of the chimpanzees. How could you have asked me for the stone in a polite way to give it to you?
- Once the crocodile has thrown the stones at the chimpanzees, do you think there is any way he could have fixed the situation? For example, asking for forgiveness.
The stories are a very useful tool to educate in values. Their stories serve to exemplify or explain with facts some complicated concepts such as kindness, altruism, generosity, etc. Thanks to the characters in the stories, we manage to attract the attention of the little ones, who are more open to acquiring new knowledge.
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