SIXand seven-year-olds discussed perception after hearing an African folktale.
In the story a king decides to give a prize to the animal which had the most beautiful baby. A monkey's child is dismissed as "ugly", but to its mother it is "the most beautiful".
Teacher: Why did the mother think that her baby was best?
Child: Because it was beautiful. Child:She thought it was beautiful because she was the mother.
Teacher: What does it mean to be beautiful?
Child: It means someone thinks you are lovely.
Teacher: Can you be beautiful even if no one thinks you are?
Child: No. You can't be beautiful if no one thinks you are beautiful.
Child: You can be beautiful inside, you can feel beautiful ...
The Monkey and her Baby (Robert Fisher)