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Many parents worry that their children will take toys or valuables from other people to keep for themselves. This short story talks about the magpie Paca, who also has that ugly mania. It is intended to be read and reflect with children who steal or take things from other people without their permission. In addition, this children's story will help us parents to put ourselves in the place of the little ones and understand what is leading them to steal from others.
We have accompanied this story with some reading comprehension questions, but also with other questions that will help you guide the conversation you have with your son or daughter to make him reflect on this matter.
Paca was a magpie like the others. He amused himself by hovering near the river and browsing the some balconies of the town in which he had settled.
Paca also had a secret: your precious shiny treasure hidden in the nest.
The hidden treasure was very special for Paca. His mother brought it to him in the peak when she could not even take flight. Years had passed and Paca could still remember her mother arriving home with that precious stone and a shimmering sky blue.
Every time he arrived at his nest, after pacing here and there, he settled down to simply observe that blue in which each branch and each leaf of his tree was reflected.
We can say that Paca was happy with his walks and his treasure.
With the passage of time, however, Paca began to desire the treasures of others. On one occasion, Paca saw a little crow fiddling with a golden thread and she froze, moody because she wanted that thread with all her might. Her yearning for him was stronger than her.
I was so envious, who waited all afternoon, wishing that the crow would leave the forgotten thread when he returned home. And so it happened. As the sun set, the raven flew away, leaving the bright thread on dry land. Paca did not think about it for a moment: quickly and quickly he picked it up and carried it to its nest.
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Sometimes he would sit quietly in the branches of a tree in the park, waiting for some busy bird to leave something nearby. He collected the lost objects, and when the birds returned in search of their things, there was not a trace left.
This was at first, but soon it was no longer enough for Paca who, increasingly dissatisfied, began to steal to the distraction. He hid, waiting for the sparrows to turn around, and snatched any blade, wire or seed they had collected.
Paca began to accumulate treasures and treasures in her nest, but she was never happy anymore.
One day, on one of his morning walks, it happened that a sparrow (the Manolón sparrow) sHe approached Paca's nest and stole his precious celestial stone. When the magpie returned and set out to search for it among its treasures to delight in its reflections, it almost gave him a blip when he saw that it was nowhere to be found.
Paca cried and cried. How could someone be so cruel and steal his favorite object?
Suddenly, he looked around, observing all those treasures that were not his. Had their owners also cried when she took them off?
Paca felt terrible. Those objects were not his. One by one he returned them to their true owners, who always smiled when retrieving their treasures.
When Paca saw those smiles, a thousand light blue flashes shone in his eyes, like those of his beloved and precious lost stone.
That envy makes us unhappy is undeniable. Envy is closely related to self-esteem, to the value that one places on what he possesses. Many children feel an excessive envy that makes them not value what they themselves have.
Many times, that excessive envy leads them to take things that are not theirs and take them home. It is important to talk with children about how harmful it is to compare themselves with others and always want what others have, and on the other hand to make them see how they would feel if someone took something that is theirs from them. That's what this story is based on.
Therefore, below we propose some questions through which you can work a little more on the history of the magpie Paca. The objective of these exercises is, first of all, that your son or daughter understands the story (so we are going to work on reading comprehension). However, we also suggest some questions that will help you reflect on the story and your own way of behaving.
First you will find the questions to assess whether the child has understood the text. In addition, we propose a short and quick 'true or false' exercise. You can pose it to your son or daughter as a game or puzzle that must be solved and find those statements that are true.
- What was Paca's treasure and who gave it to him?
- What was the first thing Paca took without the owner's permission?
Answer true or false:
- When he stole, Paca felt very good
- A raven stole Paca his sky stone.
- When observing all the treasures that had accumulated, Paca felt terrible.
Finally, we propose a question that will make your son or daughter reflect: How would you feel if someone took away your favorite toy? Surely from this question you can start a conversation that will lead the child to realize that it is not good to take things that belong to other people.
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