Value Lessons from
‘A Wonderful Gift’
Bono worked really hard to get the Marula fruit for Kimaya because he wanted to make her happy. But to do that Bono had to put in a lot of effort. This story is like a little reminder about how putting effort into what we want is important.
Children are sometimes notorious in finding excuses or wriggling their way out of tasks. This story provides an opportunity for parents to connect the dots between desire and effort. If a child wants something desperately. then what is she willing to do for it.
It's like when you really want something, you can talk about what you're willing to do to get it. Maybe it's doing your chores without any excuses or keeping your toys tidy. This story helps you chat with your child about how effort can make everyone happy in the end!
Most kids have a strong desire and passion to possess something; perhaps a toy or candy or even the undivided affection of a parent. Quite simply. it is hard for them to give up or share something that is so dear to them! This is quite natural and nothing to fret about.
However. the childish desire to hoard or own something may sometimes lead to selfish behavior. which is not only socially awkward but could also potentially limit a child's overall personality.
This story could provide a good reference to talk about how kindness and sacrifice almost always give something beautiful in return. Bono no longer has a gift for Kimaya. but the appreciation and affection he received are far greater than what the gift itself could have brought.
Bono, the chimp, felt sad when he saw the hungry little chimp and his mom. He shared his delicious Marula fruit with them, understanding their need for food. This story can open a conversation with your child about recognizing and understanding the emotions of others.
After reading the story, discuss with your child how Bono felt when he saw someone in need. Ask questions like, "How do you think the hungry chimp felt?" or "What would you do if you saw a friend who was sad or hungry?" This encourages your child to connect with the characters' emotions and promotes empathy in their own interactions. Share real-life examples to deepen their understanding of this valuable trait.