Butterfly Stories – Life Lessons (PSHE) Each around 5 – 10 minutes reading time. This does not include the discussion/question and answer session which could easily round each up to a 15 – 20 minute session.
- How the Butterfly Lost his Bad Temper
- How the Butterfly Lost her Dissatisfaction
- How the Butterfly Lost his Vanity
- How the Butterfly Learned to Fly
- How the Butterfly Learned to Fly Higher
The life lessons for each of these is as follows:
- Appreciate what you have
- Stop ‘wanting’/looking for more
- Recognising that external beauty is not everything
- Just do it!
- The importance of striving/realising your potential
Five guided reading scripts based on these stories are also available for purchase – either separately or as part of a combined package.
butterflys Sample Text:
From How the Butterfly Lost his Bad Temper
The bad-tempered butterfly, never one to beat about the bush, demanded ‘Yes? Come on! What is it I have? Or shall I spell it out to you, save us all a lot of time? I look at you, oh dull and heavy creature – condemned to a life of sliding along the earth, never rising so much as a millimetre off the ground. And then I look at me! I can fly amongst the highest plants, sample the sweetest nectar; rejoice in the sun’s rays, highlighting each and every one of my own glorious colours!’
At which point that bad-tempered butterfly paused, quite suddenly; and didn’t move an inch – something unheard of for him.
And then, just as suddenly, that bad-tempered butterfly let out a great cry of joy, followed by these words.
‘Wow! My life is indeed amazing! I can fly! I have sunshine in my wings! I ..’
But at that point the bad-tempered butterfly’s expression changed from total delight to …. Well, something closely akin to sadness.
‘Forgive me. I can’t help but look at you and think – you have, well, nothing’.
At which the snail grinned broadly – from one side of his little grey head to the other.
‘On the contrary! I have everything. You see, my happiness lies on the inside, observing what is on the outside. I look at you and I see an awesome creature – one of the planet’s most beautiful. But does that make me feel inferior and sad? On the contrary! I rejoice that I am lucky enough to behold such beauty.’