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E Is for Ethics: How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most [Paperback]

Ian James Corlett , R. A. Holt
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About the Author

  Ian James Corlett is the author of E IS FOR ETHICS and  E IS FOR ENVIRONMENT. He is well known in the world of children's television and has created, written for, and/or developed many popular children's series, such as The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Rolie Polie Olie, Will & Dewitt, and his namesake series, Being Ian. Ian is also a renowned voice actor. He is the voice for literally hundreds of animated characters as diverse as Baby Taz of the Baby Looney Tunes and Dad in Johnny Test. The father of two and husband of one for more than twenty-five years, he currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Palm Springs, California.

R.A. "Riley" Holt is a Canadian illustrator, designer, and artist who lives in Vancouver. Riley is proficient in a wide range of styles and uses many different mediums in his broad spectrum of artwork.

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It was a rainy winter day. Elliott was walking to the video store with his mother to pick up a movie for the evening. Mom was looking for a light comedy to watch with Dad as the fireplace crackled, but Elliott had nothing but spaceships on his mind. That is, until he noticed a crisp, new five-dollar bill lying on the ground at the entrance to the shop. His mother didn’t see it as she entered the video store, but Elliott locked on it like a tractor beam. Since no one was around, he picked it up and shoved it deep into his pocket.

As he drifted toward the “Outer Space” section, Elliott could not believe his good luck. He could hardly concentrate on selecting a movie because he was daydreaming about all the wild and wonderful ways he could spend his newfound fortune. He wandered around in such a daze that he didn’t even realize that not only had he not chosen a movie, but he was now standing in the checkout line beside his mother, who was waiting to pay.

Suddenly, his daydream was shattered when the lady in front of them, who was frantically searching through her purse, gasped. “I am positive I had five dollars,” she said. “I know because I just got a nice, crisp one in change from the last store ? Oh, heavens! It must’ve dropped out of my bag!”

Elliott’s heart sank.Would he be honest and give the lady the five-dollar bill?


What would be the honest thing for Elliott to do?

As with so many ethical qualities, being honest makes you feel great inside. Sometimes it’s difficult to be honest with others or even yourself, but when you are, there is no better way of life. Elliott felt great when he was guided by honesty about the money.


What else could Elliott have done as soon as he found the five-dollar bill?

How would Elliott have felt later if he had decided to keep the five dollars?

Can you tell us about a situation you can remember when you or a friend displayed honesty?

“Honesty is the best policy.”


“Honesty: The best of all the lost arts.”


© 2009 Ian James Corlett

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book on so many levels Jan. 13 2010
Values, life skills, ethics... sounds like such heady stuff in this day and age, and in my opinion something that is becoming increasingly difficult to teach. I applaud this book on so many levels. As a parent of two young children I am grateful for a fun and easy way to not only spend some quality time with my family and a great book, but be given the chance to teach great qualities at the same time. This book will "last" from toddlerhood right through to adulthood with it's messages and what can be derived from it. Even with my five year old I love having the opportunity to just open the subject and learn the meanings of words such as loyalty, integrity and charity. And I look forward to exploring more and more as she grows, and watching her begin to practice these qualities in her own life.

I cannot recommend this book enough!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - for all ages (with one condition for an older child) Dec 30 2009
By Mom and Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Today I spent over 30 mins with my three girls (10, 8, and 5) talking about Ethics and we all had a good time. I don't think this ever happened before. It was a wonder experience. I can't wait until we can sit down and read a few more stories out of this adorable book.

It is a simple and easy to read book. The stories are about two pages each and are followed by a few questions. Some of the questions did lead us to longer conversation, which was wonder. Some of the stories seemed a little silly to my 10 year old. Her comment would be "that wouldn't happen" or something like that. Even when she didn't really like the story she still learned something by trying to make up another version/idea for the Ethic or helping her sisters figure out an answer to one of the questions. I was amazed on how often they were able to come up with a story from their own lives that when with the book. I was also amazed they kept asking for another story. They each picked an Ethic they figured would help the other.

This book is great and children of all ages could get something out of it. However, an older child might get more out of it if he/she had younger children to help. I think my 10 year old would have been a little insulted if I would have tried to read this book just to her.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, some very good moral lessons Feb. 14 2010
By A4Q96 - Published on Amazon.com
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When I saw this on Amazon Vine, I thought that it would be a nice thing to pick up for my 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old. Taking nothing away from this book, my kids are probably a bit young for it. That being said, it is still a good read with a modern spin on ethics.

* 26 short, mostly easy to understand stories on 26 different aspects of morality (honesty, forgiveness, tact, politeness, patience, etc.).
* My 4 1/2 year old daughter already gets some of the lessons, so I look forward to really leveraging the Q&A in a year for an even fuller experience.
* Nicely written.

* These "stories" aren't as beautifully written and lack the character development of the historically common more traditional religious stories and fables I grew up with. Those stories taught lessons in morality with amazing character development and mesmerizing story lines. Elliott and Lucy (the children) are not very well developed and you don't really get to know them, or what they are like, through these stories.
* 26 is too many. Certain topics seem a bit duplicative. I would have reduced the # of topics and developed the remaining stories more extensively.

All in all, well worth picking up!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tool for parenting Feb. 11 2010
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent tool that serves parents very well. All issues -including the taboo ones- are addressed in this book. Kids can be very demanding with their questions, and the older they get, the worse it gets. It is very important to have a strong ethic foundation for parents to give the kids the answers they need (no more, no less) at their developmentally age level. Sometimes we may make the mistake to give too much information, or too little. Then kids get frustrated and find stuff 'on their own', with poor consequences most of the times.
I recommend this book to all parents who have children from 0 to 16, and to all future parents. All your questions will be answered, and so the questions of your children!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Discussion Starter Feb. 5 2010
By P.K. Gaskins - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book to my twin granddaughters as a "I am glad to see you gift." They both love books, and they love this one. Almost every afternoon before dinner they take turns reading to their dad while waiting for their mother to get home from work. They run to be the first one to get the book, take it to their dad, and read it out loud. It has been a great discussion starter on a variety of scenarios they have experienced or been exposed to that they may not have necessarily brought to their parents' attention. It is helpful to parents to better understand how their children think, feel, or handle various situations, and to be able to provide guidance if necessary. Their mother usually arrives home during the discussion phase, and have found them to be very enlightening. I therefore consider this book to be a "home-run."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST LIFE SKILLS Book Ever..... April 9 2013
By MOCARTINC - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a already read this book to my kids at my workplace. It is a great book to teach these important skills. I also love that it uses simple illustrations and is written by a simple father who loves his children. This just gives me encouragement to start my process in writing my own children's book. GREAT book, GREAT idea! I applaud you Mr. I.J. Corlett; thank you for an excellent read. This will go inot my library when I finally get my classroom.
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