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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. 5 out of 5

    Stinky Girl

    This is a great ceries of stories and fables teaching children and adults as well, virtues that we must all live by to conduct a prosperous and productive life.

  2. 5 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

  3. 4 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. 5 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

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 4 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.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renee Weasley

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

  17. 5 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).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

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

  19. 5 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Great collection of short stories and poems.

  21. 5 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.

  22. 5 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.

  23. 4 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The Children's book of Virtures gives a good set of stores and helpful material to the teacher to use as an aide in discussing and understanding different aspects of characcter. Character can be a challenging thing to explain and encourage in children. The stories in this book give exampoles that represent courage, perserverance, responsibility, work ethics, self-discipine as well as virtures such as compassion, faith and honesty. The book could be used as a theme study for different character d The Children's book of Virtures gives a good set of stores and helpful material to the teacher to use as an aide in discussing and understanding different aspects of characcter. Character can be a challenging thing to explain and encourage in children. The stories in this book give exampoles that represent courage, perserverance, responsibility, work ethics, self-discipine as well as virtures such as compassion, faith and honesty. The book could be used as a theme study for different character development goals or it could also be used as a 'handy' subtle reminder to gentle read to the classroom when the atmosphere has become tense due to children's issues arising amongst themselves. The book could be used as a 'picture story' , which in the special needs field are often used to remind the child with a great amount of pictures the exact procedure and manner in which to perform a task or handle emotions. The illustrations bring the reader closer to feeling the characters are as real as they are. This book is a delightful tool to use in the classroom or at homes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Simpson

    The Childrens Book of Virtues Anything written by Bennett, former US Secretary of Education, is more than excellent. These common sense virtues, cornerstones of what made America strong and great, are eroding as a literature review shows that they have been systematically removed from public school curriculum. Want your child to have respect for himself and others? Want a solid broad education? Get each one of Bennets books, from children through eighth grade. Then bond with your children while r The Childrens Book of Virtues Anything written by Bennett, former US Secretary of Education, is more than excellent. These common sense virtues, cornerstones of what made America strong and great, are eroding as a literature review shows that they have been systematically removed from public school curriculum. Want your child to have respect for himself and others? Want a solid broad education? Get each one of Bennets books, from children through eighth grade. Then bond with your children while reading them and discussing them together. It makes for good, strong, educated, sound character.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janene

    This was a fine little book, but I have to say I expected a little more from it. We did find some classics that I had always wanted to make sure my children were familiar with: The Little Red Hen, The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf.' Our favorite was the short story of the two children who each had a "please" living in their mouth, one of the children let it out to get air often, the other did not. Very cute. I'm surprised we never finished it, I place that blame squarely on my shoulders, since I maxed out This was a fine little book, but I have to say I expected a little more from it. We did find some classics that I had always wanted to make sure my children were familiar with: The Little Red Hen, The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf.' Our favorite was the short story of the two children who each had a "please" living in their mouth, one of the children let it out to get air often, the other did not. Very cute. I'm surprised we never finished it, I place that blame squarely on my shoulders, since I maxed out our library renewals on it before we could finish the last few. Silly Mommy. I guess I'll wrap up and say that though it isn't one I would seek out to own, as I thought it surely would be, we will probably pick it up again when the littles here need a reacquaintance with honesty, hard work, and good manners.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Buck

    This book is a collection of classic stories and a few poems including The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, a popular Indian Folk Tale and many more. These stories introduce children to vital characteristics to building a good character, such as compassion, courage, honesty, responsibility, and self-discipline. This book is great for parents to read to their children at a young age but for reading alone due to the length, and the structure of some of the stories it may be hard for This book is a collection of classic stories and a few poems including The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, a popular Indian Folk Tale and many more. These stories introduce children to vital characteristics to building a good character, such as compassion, courage, honesty, responsibility, and self-discipline. This book is great for parents to read to their children at a young age but for reading alone due to the length, and the structure of some of the stories it may be hard for younger children to read alone and understand the point of the story. For this I’d recommend this book for 4th and 5th graders to read independently. Because there are so many stories encouraging kindness, bravery, manners, friendship teachers could use this book for discussing any of those topics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bree Johnson

    Book: The Children’s Book of Virtues Edited by: William J. Bennett “Persevere” The fisher who draws in his net too soon, Won’t have any fish to sell; The child who shuts up his book too soon, Won’t learn any lessons well. If you would have your learning stay, Be patient-don’t learn too fast; The man who travels a mile each day, May get round the world at last. OVERVIEW: There is a select domain in the GELDS labeled approaches the play and learning (APL). Underneath that label is the category attentiveness Book: The Children’s Book of Virtues Edited by: William J. Bennett “Persevere” The fisher who draws in his net too soon, Won’t have any fish to sell; The child who shuts up his book too soon, Won’t learn any lessons well. If you would have your learning stay, Be patient-don’t learn too fast; The man who travels a mile each day, May get round the world at last. OVERVIEW: There is a select domain in the GELDS labeled approaches the play and learning (APL). Underneath that label is the category attentiveness and persistence. This poem is perfect for that category. I could see this being used as a transition to a related activity. This poem could also be used under the early learning category. More specifically, I would use this poem with the objective of early phonological awareness.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ania

    I've had this book since I was a little youngin' but never actually read it from cover to cover until today. It is a cheesy but wonderful book for children and adults, composed of short poems and narratives each teaching a lesson in morality. It is probably one of the best guides for morality, better than any religious text out there, because it promotes the message of being good for the sake of being good rather than to reap rewards like heaven or good karma. Furthermore, it transcends religiou I've had this book since I was a little youngin' but never actually read it from cover to cover until today. It is a cheesy but wonderful book for children and adults, composed of short poems and narratives each teaching a lesson in morality. It is probably one of the best guides for morality, better than any religious text out there, because it promotes the message of being good for the sake of being good rather than to reap rewards like heaven or good karma. Furthermore, it transcends religious bias and prejudices because the tales come from multiple countries, cultures and religions. The illustrations are beautiful and the book far and wide delivers on its promises in the introduction. Highly recommended!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nichole

    My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. I think I enjoyed this more than my son did, he listened to all the stories, but most of them he just said were ok. The story of Gangis Khan was his favorite and he often requested to read that one again. Overall, I really liked this book, but it does have a pretty conservative leaning, so I could see where others might take issue with it. Many of the stories included, such as George My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. I think I enjoyed this more than my son did, he listened to all the stories, but most of them he just said were ok. The story of Gangis Khan was his favorite and he often requested to read that one again. Overall, I really liked this book, but it does have a pretty conservative leaning, so I could see where others might take issue with it. Many of the stories included, such as George Washington and the Cherry Tree and St. George and the Dragon, are culturally important and I was glad to introduce them to my son.

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