Additional Life Principles and Resources

Life Principle: Attitude
Definition: A feeling or emotion to a fact.
Related Quote: "I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you.. We are in charge of our attitudes."- Charles Swindoll
Related Fable: The Gardener and His Dog (P:65)*
Literature Connection: The Hat by Jan Brett
Bravo, Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Edwards

Life Principle: Character
Definition: What you are/do when no one is watching
Related Quote: "Ability will enable a man to get to the top. But it will take character to keep him there." -Author Unknown
Related Fable: The Boasting Traveler (P:76)*
The Boy and the Almonds (P:26)
Literature Connection: Tales From a Duck Named Quacker by Ricky VanShelton

Life Principle: Charity
Definition: Kindness or help for the needy or suffering
Related Quote: "You can not live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." -John Wooden
Related Fable: Androcles and the Lion (P:28)
Literature Connection: The Kissing Hand by Audruy Penn
All You Ever Need by Max Lucado
Berestain Bears: Lend a Helping Hand

Life Principle: Dependability
Definition: Reliable; trustworthy
Related Quote: "The right man in the right place at the right time doing the right thing in the right way." -from the poem "Efficiency"
Related Fable: The Boy Who Cried Wolf (P:11)*
Literature Connection: Miss Malarkey Won’t Be in Today by Judy Finchler
The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman
The Dog Who Cried "Woof" By the Clifford series

Life Principle: Diligence
Definition: Steady and energetic effort
Related Quote: "All things are difficult before they are easy." -Thomas Fuller
Related Fable: The Grasshopper and the Ant (P:12 Y:13)*
Literature Connection: Walking Through the Jungle by Debbie Harter
Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar by Bonnie Lass

Life Principle: Excellence
Definition: To stand out with valuable qualities
Related Quote: "Excellence is a habit. The things you do the most are the things you’ll do the best." -Author Unknown
Related Fable: The North Wind and the Sun (P:16)*
Literature Connection: Just the Way You Are by Max Lucado
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

Life Principle: Generosity
Definition: Willingness to give or share
Related Quote: "The manner of giving is worth more than the gift." -Pierre Corneille
Related Fable: The Poor Old Dog (L:25)*
Literature Connection: Baa, Baa Black Sheep by Iza Trapani
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Life Principle: Giving
Definition: To care for and devote oneself to another
Related Quote: "We make a living by what we get and a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill
Related Fable: Little Sunshine (Book of Virtues pg.111)
Literature Connection: Duck In a Truck by Jez Alborough
The Living Tree by Shel Silverstein

Life Principle: Resiliency
Definition: Recovering from or adjusting easily to misfortune or change
Related Quote: "Consider the postage stamp: It secures success by sticking to one thing until it gets there." -Author Unknown
Related Fable: The Oak and the Reeds (P:80)*
Literature Connection: Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett
Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy

Life Principle: Tenacious
Definition: Persistent, never give up
Related Quote: The man who removes mountains begins by carrying away small stones." -Chinese Proverb
Related Fable: The Mouse at the Seashore (L:40)*
Literature Connection: Have You Got My Purr by Judy West
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell

Life Principle: Thankfulness
Definition: The act of being grateful; glad
Related Quote: "The most important prayer in the world is two words long-Thank You." -Meister Eckehart
Related Fable: The Wolf and the Crane (P:69)*
Literature Connection: Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons
Bernstein Bears: Count Their Blessings

 

*Fable Reference 
L = Fables by Arnold Lobel 
P = Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney 
Y = A Sip of Aesop by Jan Yolen