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The Children's Book of Virtues Hardcover – 7 Oct 1996


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (7 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068481353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684813530
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
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while s/he reads, this is just the ticket--my only hesitation is that some of the values being instilled are somewhat out-of-date, so read the book carefully.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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
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." It is about a poor woodcutter who looses his old axe in a river. A water fairy brought up a silver axe and a gold axe. The woodcutter said that they were not his. When she brought up his steel axe, he said it was his. The water fairy gave him all the axes for telling the truth. Telling the truth is very important.
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Format: Hardcover
I picture any dad with his child sitting on his lap, arms round the child whilst holding the book and reading quietly to the child's ear. But what can he be reading that would be of any use to the child? This is the book to read and teach the child the virtues in a natural way. Later on, dad can read "The Book of Virtues" by the same author in order to have a solid store from which to draw things to talk about with his children in those years (the teens in particular) when dads "run out of things to say" and the conversations get embarrassingly silent. Well worth buying to have around and even buying again to replace the one we leant to a friend and did not come back.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan. 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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