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E Is for Ethics: How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most Paperback – Jul 19 2011

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416596550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416596554
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #595,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By S. Gauld on Jan. 13 2010
Format: Hardcover
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
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
Nice idea, some very good moral lessons Feb. 14 2010
By A4Q96 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product
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
Great Discussion Starter Feb. 5 2010
By P.K. Gaskins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
E is for helping parents teach ethics easily Dec 25 2009
By JRay - Published on Amazon.com
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What a excellant book. I would love to review this book on Christmas while I have a quiet space of time. Ian Corlett believes that it is important for parents to teach their childern about ethics, morals, principles, and what is just right. I agree with him. I used to believe that you just grew up with common sense (as a young adult moving out into the world). When I moved away from my parents I couldn't believe how some people couldn't make simple decisions about their lives. They didn't seem to have a lick of common sense or had any ideas on right and wrong. It was then that I figured it out...my parents did know alot more than I did, and probably ever would.

I spend alittle time each week talking to my childern also about what is right and wrong, just as Ian does/did with his family. I have been though doing this with devotions made for young boys. I like this approach but sometimes it can be hard to connect the story to the bible versus they have along with it. This book will be a welcome change in a sense. The stories are simple, relatable to my kids lives, and I will search out simple bible versus to go along with them. So I guess my point is that you can take these stories and make them your own.

The topics that Ian covers are covers it all from honesty to respect. The stories involve the same two childern Elliot and Lucy. These two childern fit my kids, my walk of life, but I wonder about other cultures and lifestyles. The chapters also have questions at the end of them to help parents or guardians open up discussions about these topics. They also include some nice quotes from some famous people.

This book was nicely written, very easy to read, and will help me instill some real values into my childern, and frankly remind me what kind of person I want to be also.