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.
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.
A treasury of great moral stories. Parents will read them to their children, and find much inspiration in the pages for themselves.
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.