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Children's Book of Virtues [Hardcover]

William J. Bennett
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Oct. 1 1995
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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Ages 4^-8. Using portions of his best-selling adult work Book of Virtues, former secretary of education William Bennett teams up with artist Michael Hague to create a collection of stories, poems, and fables in a format more suitable for children. Noting in his introduction that his goal is to further the "moral education of the young," Bennett has chosen selections to illustrate 10 virtues, which he further divides into four groups, among them, courage/perseverance and compassion/faith. Many selections, such as the Aesop fables, are easily found elsewhere, but Bennett has also included some full-length versions of poems and tales known only vaguely today. A few selections seem badly dated or unbearably heavy-handed (for example, the story of the boy whose "please" didn't get enough fresh air so it ran away to another boy's mouth), and the apocryphal tale of George Washington and the cherry tree should have been labeled as such. Hague's plentiful artwork adds enormously to the charm of the collection. In keeping with each selection, his style ranges widely, from the comical to the lushly romantic and sweetly old-fashioned. Susan Dove Lempke

About the Author

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much to recommend, but also disappoint Jan. 6 1998
By A Customer
If you are looking for a book that will instill "values" in your child while s/he reads, this is just the ticket--my only hesitation is that some of the values being instilled are somewhat out-of-date, so read the book carefully. Edited by William J. Bennett (yes, that William J. Bennett--I know, I was surprised too!), the book is divided into sections, e.g., "Courage/Perseverance," "Responsibility/Work/Self-Discipline," and so on. Each section contains several tales that illustrate its titular virtues. Now the problem is this: under the section "Responsibility...," he uses the poem "There Was a Little Girl"-you know, the one with the curl. The little girl raises a huge ruckus in her bedroom which her mother assumes is being made by her brothers "A-playing at combat in the attic"; but discovering that the miscreant was her daughter, "she did scold her most emphatic." Bennett writes a brief note at the beginning of each entry, and the entry he wrote for this one is: "In this poem, we see what happens to us sometimes when we do not behave!" Come on, for Pete's sake! The real lesson in this poem is that little girls must remain quiet, acquiescent and obedient while little boys can tear up the attic all they want, because that's what little boys do! Sorry Bill, but I don't buy it, and I don't think many parents will either. But there is much in this book to recommend it, particularly the 19th century retro illustrations which Michael Hague has contributed. And it really is an excellent compendium of favorite anecdotes, poems and tales, sort of a Norton's Anthology for the nursery set. Just keep a watchful eye on the content of a few of the selections.
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By A Customer
William Bennett has written the perfect compliment to his Book of
Virtues. The Children's Book of Virtues is an EXCELLENT compilation
of classic stories and poems that parents can read to their children.
This book is also excellent for beginning readers! I recommend this
book for every family's bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids really love these stories! Dec 18 1999
By A Customer
This book is full of short stories from different cultures about various virtues. While every story does not necessarily tell why a specific virtue is important, it mainly gives an example This allows me, a parent of 3 and 5 year olds, and opportunity to express why I think it is important.
The stories are very thought provoking to young minds and my kids even ask questions about it later and imitate some of the humorous parts days later.
Once, my 5-year old related back to me the story of Genghis Khan and his hawk. He compared to an event in his own life.
I also have "The Children's Book of Heroes" and I plan to get my kids "The Children's Book of America" this Christmas.
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Apparently William Bennett is unfamiliar with the myriad wonderful books for children written in the last thirty years. The only exception are "famous" people writing now like Barbara Bush. Why not draw on the terrific current literature? My guess is because Bennett would have to pay for that, whereas the older work is in the public domain. What a lost opportunity to speak to kids in terms they can better relate to and to introduce parents to some fine contemporary writers. Of course, this book is actually pitched to parents, not kids, so I doubt appealing to kids is actually his real aim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Feb. 23 2010
As a child, I adored this book, and spent hours poring over the charming stories and beautiful illustrations. Knowing that the tales were compiled by someone distasteful doesn't change how I feel as an adult. Really, this is just a collection of folktales and poems, and it's not diminished at all by the reputation of the editor. Examining this book again now, the only possible criticisms I can think of are that it's too short, and that the reading level may be too advanced for the age group that would enjoy the stories most. Every child is different, though, so of course your mileage may vary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book of Virtues May 11 2000
By A Customer
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This is an excellent book to read to your young ones (4+) The stories are old yet the principles are ageless. The children will curl up and live these tales. I find myself truely enjoying this special time. When they get to six or seven I would strongly recommend moving to the Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett. The stories will sweep you and the children away. MY childrens favorite time is reading these stories. They actually ask for the book and seldom does anything else draw such smiles and "Thank You Daddys". Enjoy the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good earth produces good crops! Jan. 14 1997
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The seeds of moral character are sowed into the soul of the listener. The reader and the listener are both captured into the realm of the tales that they design to fascinate and ultimately teach about the human spirit. They give children a foundation on which to base their attitudes. They give the adults a platform, on which, to reevaluate and reconsider the examples they may be setting to their young. The book is fascinating and intriguing, from the fantasy of giants to the
wit of wisdom, or should it be the wisdom of wit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for kids of all ages!
Published 3 months ago by Jenni Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
What a lovely and Beautiful book My children loved it and were enchanted by the detailed illustrations. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ravenous reader
1.0 out of 5 stars the Satanic Bible
First, let me say that the illustrations are very nice. Why such a talented illustrator would attach their talent to a talentless gambler writing a book on virtues must presuppose... Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
3.0 out of 5 stars I AM BIASED ALSO
I had purchased the book "The Educated Child" by Bennett for my
son and daughter-in-law shortly after my granddaughter was born. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by A. L. Straayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Morals, Good Stories, Well Illustrated
We're on our second read through of this book of children's morality tales.
With poems, short homilies and stories, Bill Bennett entertains young children as life's good... Read more
Published on May 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It is great for kids!
My name is David. I am eight years old. I am reading The Children's Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett. My favorite story so far is "The Honest Woodman. Read more
Published on June 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars No matter the language your kids speak, this is a great book
My kids and I have read the Spanish version (equally wonderfully illustrated) of the "Libro de las Virtudes para los Niños"... Read more
Published on June 9 1997
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