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The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together: With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together: With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world. The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship. Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages. The Children's Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine.


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The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together: With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together: With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world. The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship. Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages. The Children's Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine.

30 review for The Children's Book of Virtues

  1. 4 out of 5

    Connie Kuntz

    My daughters received a nice, big, hard-cover copy of this gem from 4H. It is filled with morally instructive parables and poems, which for some reason, we all found refreshing and unique, even though we have all known for quite some time that it pays to be honest and that crying wolf is lame. There are little moments of violence that the kids and I enjoyed, especially when Genghis Kahn slays his hawk. A little gruesomeness in writing is incredibly satisfying to us, especially when a lesson come My daughters received a nice, big, hard-cover copy of this gem from 4H. It is filled with morally instructive parables and poems, which for some reason, we all found refreshing and unique, even though we have all known for quite some time that it pays to be honest and that crying wolf is lame. There are little moments of violence that the kids and I enjoyed, especially when Genghis Kahn slays his hawk. A little gruesomeness in writing is incredibly satisfying to us, especially when a lesson comes attached to it. Signed, If It Bleeds, It Leads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madelaine

    This is a must read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not sure how I feel about this book anymore, as I loved it when I was a child but later came to realize that it was just The Children's Book of NeoCon-Adapted Folklore for the Brainwashing of Tiny Americans.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nojood Alsudairi

    Courage, responsibility, compassion and honesty are some of the virtues listed in this book with folktales that spreads the message of such virtues. We need a similar book in our Arabic library.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fer Cruz

    Este libro me lo regalaron cuando tenía 10 años, hasta ahora lo releí y me llevé una gran sorpresa con lo que contiene el libro, además de que las ilustraciones del libro son increíbles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aravis Wheaton

    This collection of wonderfully illustrated poems, fables, folklore and fairy tales originally ended up in my hands after I had read William Bennett's, The Book of Virtues. I had so enjoyed the writings and their messages of friendship, loyalty, patience, and other coveted character traits, that when the book for children came out, I snatched it up and began reading it to my children. Each writing has a lesson and lends itself to a good discussion. Some of my favorite stories in this collection i This collection of wonderfully illustrated poems, fables, folklore and fairy tales originally ended up in my hands after I had read William Bennett's, The Book of Virtues. I had so enjoyed the writings and their messages of friendship, loyalty, patience, and other coveted character traits, that when the book for children came out, I snatched it up and began reading it to my children. Each writing has a lesson and lends itself to a good discussion. Some of my favorite stories in this collection include: The Legend of the Dipper, where we learn that a kind act is often its own reward, Please, in which children learn manners, and St. George and the Dragon, a story of a person going out of his way to help. These stories and poems would be a great mentor text when teaching character traits in the classroom. It is filled with characters displaying integrity, honesty, loyalty, humility, compassion and many other traits. To integrate it into instruction, students could pick a story, retell it to the class (oral language building), and explain the character traits revealed. This would also work well for practice in doing grand conversations as the stories are short. The writing traits that could be addressed using this book are ideas, presentation, and organization.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Giglio

    The Children's Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett visits many folktales from around the world. The one I focused on for this review was "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" (Aesop's Fables). It is part of a large collection of fables by Aesop. These fables all have a lesson to be learned a "moral to the story". This particular fable is about a shepherd boy who was tending his flock of sheep a little distance from his village. He though it would be funny to play a trick of the villagers and ran into town The Children's Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett visits many folktales from around the world. The one I focused on for this review was "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" (Aesop's Fables). It is part of a large collection of fables by Aesop. These fables all have a lesson to be learned a "moral to the story". This particular fable is about a shepherd boy who was tending his flock of sheep a little distance from his village. He though it would be funny to play a trick of the villagers and ran into town crying out that a wolf was attaching his lambs! The villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him and there was no wolf to be seen and the boy was laughing at his successful trick. He tried the same trick again on another day and the villagers ran to his aid again. The little boy laughed once again at his successful trick. One day a wolf really did come to attack his sheep and when he cried "wolf, wolf! " no one came. The shepherd boy lost all of his sheep. The moral of the story was that this is the kind of thing that happens to people who lie: even when they do tell the truth they will not be believed. The illustrations by Michael Hague surround the fables and help readers to visualize what is occurring during the story. I would use these stories as part of a language arts lesson for many different grade levels. These fables would be a great read aloud for beginning readers. Students would be asked what lessons they think Aesop was trying to teach us about. We could create graphic organizers listing characteristics and qualities found in the animals and humans. Many of Aesop's fables humanize animals with characteristics and behaviors of men. I could ask upper grade students what animal they would be and why? What lesson would we learn from their characters behavior in the story? They could also compare these fables with current stories that follow the same morality theme. Students could create their own fables with a moral and then share that with the class. Social Studies could also be integrated into the language arts lesson with the fables. We could compare fables from around the world and compare and contrast similarities and differences of the fables from different countries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    "Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." The wealth of knowledge disseminated from and descendant of "The Book of Virtues" provides lessons immeasurable to young minds. The reaction of my six-year-old son to the unimpeachable courage of St. George — fighting and defeating the dragon — gave me great cause to smile. Thus illustrating that the most significant reserves of imagination will always lay in the written word for a young boy or girl — the glow of a television screen or devic "Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." The wealth of knowledge disseminated from and descendant of "The Book of Virtues" provides lessons immeasurable to young minds. The reaction of my six-year-old son to the unimpeachable courage of St. George — fighting and defeating the dragon — gave me great cause to smile. Thus illustrating that the most significant reserves of imagination will always lay in the written word for a young boy or girl — the glow of a television screen or device serving to impede any and all necessary daydreaming or stargazing to replenish the reserve. Stoking further such imagination will result in the inevitable request for another story, with excellent pictures, to which you will happily oblige.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I read this collection of stories and poems focused around a virtue (such as honesty or perseverance) to the girls during our Morning Time. The stories are simple and sweet and while I want to be careful not to create tiny pharisees, I want to ensure I am using the books we read to create a solid moral foundation, to "tend the heart of virtue" in my children. There can be great value in "stories with a moral", though our culture likes to scoff at them as old fashioned. We will probably return to I read this collection of stories and poems focused around a virtue (such as honesty or perseverance) to the girls during our Morning Time. The stories are simple and sweet and while I want to be careful not to create tiny pharisees, I want to ensure I am using the books we read to create a solid moral foundation, to "tend the heart of virtue" in my children. There can be great value in "stories with a moral", though our culture likes to scoff at them as old fashioned. We will probably return to this book more than once.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gator

    A very special book for all children, great for parents too. The pictures in this book are fantastic, super bright and well drawn. Such a great mix of classic tales, fables, poems..... i always wanted to read the adult edition of this book and now because of this children’s version I most certainly will. Great things are to be learned from reading this, even if we already know, our children may not and it’s always good to reenforce virtues in both adult and child.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raíssa

    This book defined the first 8 years of my life and I found it in the back of my closet today, so I reread it, and I am so glad I did. It's charming, well written, and exactly as whimsical and fascinating but also brutally honest for children's literature as I remembered it. I feel like Michael Hague's illustrations are burned into my subconscions, he always finds the perfect way to represent a story with memorable, simple yet beautiful art.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Damilola Ajasa

    Great book that teaches kids character qualities through story. There is a lot of range for parents and child takers to ask questions and to get children thinking. This book covers a complication of many moral stories - from those in Aesop's fables to others in Christian literature. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to families with young children and teachers.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    (I listened to this on audiobook.) I was quite disappointed with this book and did not find it beneficial for my young daughter; I stopped playing the audio within her earshot about halfway through the book. It's most certainly not what I would consider to be in line with my Christian beliefs. I did hear a few inspiring tales but the animism in several of the stories was very off-putting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Wyble

    It's been so long since I've heard some of these stories! They bring back memories. They remind me of lessons I was taught. They make me appreciate the time my grandparents and parents spent with me teaching me. They make me question whether the next generation knows these things. Our next generation deserves to know these lessons.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christy Whitsell

    I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. It had some stories that were familiar and some that weren’t. Some we would never have encountered elsewhere. I find this style of book works well for morning time—we read one section a day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I wish the illustrations were a little more contemporary, but overall, it is a great book. I think I will add this to our family library as something we re-read to our children. Great lessons. There were only a few stories/poems that I struggled through, but most were enjoyable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Mariano

    No me gustaron muchas de las historias, que parecían más una platica moralízate que un cuento. Mi hija de 7 lo leyó no muy entusiasmada. No creo que lo volvamos a leer jamás, uno de los libros que no me importaría regalar o donar.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I read this over and over as a child, and I absolutely cannot say that I enjoyed it any less as an adult. So many feels.

  19. 5 out of 5

    John Cleveland

    Full of short stories about different virtues, that hits home. Easy reading

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniella

    Tiene hermosos relatos y otros que dejan una enseñanza que no concuerdo (entendible ya que fue escrito hace años), no se si sería algo que recomendaría a niñes para leer.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Great collection of short stories and poems.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    Some stories are 5 stars, incredible stories of character and courage. Others I’d never read to my kids without historical context (They don’t send the messages I want to teach them).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Blanton

    I loved this book as a little kid. I don't think I read (or had read to me) every story in it, but I always liked the longer ones.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bird Lemanski

    I got this book when I was a child and I have always loved the illustrations inside and the stories. I can't wait to share this with my own children someday.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chava Méndez

    Un pequeño GRAN libro para morritos con cuentos que -en su mayoría- no conocía. Una muy grata sorpresa. Las ilustraciones merecen mención a parte. Muy chidas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renee Weasley

    I remember loving this book so much as a little kid.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Sunami

    El primer libro que recuerdo haber leído fue este 😍 pensé que ya no lo tenía pero hace poco lo encontré y es hermoso ❤️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Genre: Traditional Literature Unique Feature: All of the classic stories placed into one book! Grades: Any!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Woods

    William J. Bennett The Children’s Book of Virtues. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995. Fable - The Honest Woodsman Theme: Honesty This is from a compilation book directed toward younger children, probably preschool through elementary school age. I see this book as being for children, but a book to be read to them by an adult. Our story follows a humble woodcutter who happily provides for his family by cutting wood. One day as he’s chopping down a tree in the woods, he accidentally drops his axe into William J. Bennett The Children’s Book of Virtues. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1995. Fable - The Honest Woodsman Theme: Honesty This is from a compilation book directed toward younger children, probably preschool through elementary school age. I see this book as being for children, but a book to be read to them by an adult. Our story follows a humble woodcutter who happily provides for his family by cutting wood. One day as he’s chopping down a tree in the woods, he accidentally drops his axe into the deep river next to the tree. He is devastated, wondering how one earth he will now provide for is family. But the river fairy has heard his sorrow and comes up to ask what the problem is. The man explains his dilemma to the river fairy who then goes down to the bottom, and comes up with a pure silver axe and asks the Woodcutter if this is his missing axe. The Woodcutter is somewhat tempted to say it is his, obviously thinking how much all that silver might provide for him and his family! But in the end, his conscience wins out and he says it not his axe. The river fairy returns once more with a pure gold axe, but the man again tells her it is not his. A third time she comes up with the axe that actually does belong to the woodcutter at which point she leaves the man all three axes because of his honesty. This story is told with different titles and slightly different details throughout different parts of the world, but it is a timeless story about honesty and having a clear conscience whether you get the reward or not. In this compilation the story is told over 3 pages with colorful illustrations to help visualize the story. This would be a good read for a class or for one’s own children in trying to develop character, or perhaps drive a class discussion about honesty and ethics.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    This book is full of different short stories and poems meant to teach different virtues to children. There are all different kinds of familiar stories, such as the tortoise and the hair, as well as many other new stories that would be unfamiliar but exciting for students. I am a big fan of books that you can come back to throughout the school year, and I feel this book is a perfect example of this. As a child, I loved this book because it was full of so many different stories that I could pick t This book is full of different short stories and poems meant to teach different virtues to children. There are all different kinds of familiar stories, such as the tortoise and the hair, as well as many other new stories that would be unfamiliar but exciting for students. I am a big fan of books that you can come back to throughout the school year, and I feel this book is a perfect example of this. As a child, I loved this book because it was full of so many different stories that I could pick through and read the ones I liked best and come back to them again and again. I used to have my mom and dad read it to me before I went to bed, and when I was old enough to read I continued to read my favorite stories. I feel that this book could definitely be used in the classroom to teach different lessons about life and about skills that are important to remember when learning a new concept, like perseverance. The illustrations in this book vary in each story, but you can still see the similarities in each one. The colored pencil drawings are absolutely beautiful and compliment the pictures very well. I would highly recommend this book to teachers as a read aloud several times throughout the year, or even as use for bed time stories to parents.

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