Great Lessons in Virtue and Character
Courage, compassion, responsibility, honesty, faith-these are just some of the characteristics we long to nurture in our children. But how can we teach without preaching? By reading with them the best that children's literature has to offer. This unique...
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Courage, compassion, responsibility, honesty, faith-these are just some of the characteristics we long to nurture in our children. But how can we teach without preaching? By reading with them the best that children's literature has to offer.
This unique collection of stories about animals is drawn from classic children's favourites such as Black Beauty, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Horse and His Boy, and Old Yeller. Stories illustrate the virtues and vices that are universal to human nature and inspire the building of strong moral character. Arranged by virtue, these captivating stories are sure to be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart.
The popularity of books like William Bennett's The Book of Virtues is solid evidence that parents and educators are clamoring for reading material that teaches as well as entertains. William Kilpatrick's collection of beloved animal stories from the best of children's literature will appeal to readers because it gives, first of all, the pleasure of a good read. On a deeper level, it offers stories that illustrate and inspire strong moral character.Excerpts are taken from a variety of children's classics such as C. S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy, Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Rudyard Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Each section of the book illustrates one of nine virtues: courage, compassion, responsibility, loyalty, perseverance, self-sacrifice, self-discipline, honesty, and faith. An introduction to each section explains the virtue and how to develop it. Without being preachy, the stories demonstrate what it means to have-or not to have-the virtues they characterize.E
A collection of beloved animal stories which illustrate and inspire strong moral character.
WILLIAM KILPATRIC, Professor of Education at Boston College, is the author of four previous books, including "Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong", and is a frequent lecturer to university and parent audiences. Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe created "The Golden Key", an award-winning children's book catalogue. Gregory Wolfe is editor and publisher of "Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion". Suzanne M. Wolfe is at work on her first novel.