What is true beauty?

21st February 2003 at 00:00
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)

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