Book Reviews of The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
The Book of Virtues A Treasury of Great Moral Stories
Author: William J. Bennett (Editor)
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ISBN-13: 9780671683061
ISBN-10: 0671683063
Publication Date: 11/1/1993
Pages: 832
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 80 ratings
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
A collection of stories, fables, fiction, drama by well-known authors (like Aesop, Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare) about how to live. Sections on self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perserverence, honesty, loyalty, faith. 818 pp. This is not a book you'll read cover to cover, but any particular piece you read will reward you--and your children--well. Bennett collected these specifically to help children understand and develop character and my husband and I enjoyed reading these with our sons.
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Helpful Score: 2
A treasury of great moral stories. Parents will read them to their children, and find much inspiration in the pages for themselves.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is a collection of stories - both fiction and non-fiction which have character traits as their theme. Self-Discipline; compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty and faith are the chapter titles.
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This book is a "must have" for every household! I have given many copies to friends who have all loved it! Now I grab every copy that I can find.
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There are lots of stories and poems that I'd love to read aloud to my 2nd grade classes, but I don't know how many I will be able to read with a straight face. EXAMPLE:

John was a bad boy, and beat a poor cat
Tom put a stone in a blind man's hat,
James was the boy who neglected his prayers,
They've all grown up ugly, and nobody cares.

Unless we had a discussion about the nature of beauty and ugliness first, this may be teaching them something else other than virtue.
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One of my favorite children I know asked for this book. They just enjoyed the stories so much. This book has a little bit of everything from history to fairy tales. This is a rather thick book so the stories will last a long time.
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Great book! Many interesting thoughts.
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good stories and commentaries, inspirational
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What a wealth of treasure is in these pages! Stories filled to the brim with character, life skills, and healthy lessons for all ages!
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excellant book for teaching good character traits.
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The principled former secretary of education has culled a selection of poems and stories to be read aloud in hopes of passing on specific virtues to the younger generation. The selected works appear under chapter titles such as "Compassion"; "Responsibility"; "Friendship"; "Courage"; "Perseverance"; and "Faith." As artificial or perhaps self-righteous as this project may seem, it is effective. The old stories from the Bible, from great authors, and from folklore do exert a charm and send a message that will stir families to discuss or contemplate the issues set forth. It truly is a treasury, with some tales so brief they can be read at the dinner table. Perfect bedtime, anytime family reading.
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This is a great book about the character qualities of famous people. It is an easy read for you and it is also great to use to teach your children about great people and their character.
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This book is a great book to read with your family. There are many different stories that will help teach your family moral values.
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I enjoyed this book, but was unsure whether it was for children or for adults. I know there is a version "For Kids", so I thought this book would have more adult-like stories. But it also had lots of children's fables, fairy tales, etc.
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This is a must in your home, parents, grandparents extended family, read this to your young children.
It will not only plant seeds, you will be nourished.
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I have this book for Classical Conversations teaching for Cycle 3. My children have enjoyed reading the stories.
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Book Description
Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history.

William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions -- the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together.
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A massive book at over 800 pages! Lots of good stuff. The cover jacket has some slight water damage, but otherwise it's in perfect shape.