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A Call to Character: Family Treasury of Stories, Poems, Plays, Proverbs, and Fables to Guide the Development of Values for You and Your Children Paperback – May 22, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; English Language edition (May 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060927879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060927875
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another Book of Virtues (LJ 11/1/93)? No! A Call to Character is a 450-page collection of 217 stories, fables, and poems using the best of children's literature. The collection is rich and varied, divided into chapters of general characteristics, such as creativity, courage, generosity, compassion, adaptability, responsibility, love, and nine others. Greer and Kohl (Should We Burn Babar? New Pr., 1995) define each characteristic, relate it to the whole, and follow it with several selections of great reading for children and adults. The literature spans four centuries. Segments of King Lear are placed next to Ossie Davis's 1994 young adult novel, Just Like Martin; Cushman's 1995 Newbery Honor book, Catherine, Called Birdy, is near Dorothy Canfield Fisher's classic, Understood Betsy. This is a wonderful collection for reading aloud, especially for families. Where Book of Virtues is nostalgic, editors Greer and Kohl emphasize compassion, tolerance, and empathy?messages desperately needing emphasis today. Their hope is to bring children and parents together, and they succeed fully. Highly recommended.?Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Greer and Kohl callus to return to such values as courage, integrity, honesty, generosity, compassion, idealism, and love....It is these values that I hope my children and yours will internalize and live by." -- Marian Wright Edelman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sydette on May 23, 2012
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This book is a delightful answer if you want to have discussions about ethics with your kids. It draws on the inherent natural ethical feelings and thoughts that people have without resort to moralizing. The authors seem to have the point of view that in health people want to do the right thing and doesn't use fear or shaming. The selections are great, from real literature, and fun to read. The chapters are divided into topics which is great for organizing your thoughts around what you want to be sure to pass onto your kids.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1996
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This book is full of excerpts from little- and well-known books with a soulful commentary behind each one. Characters from The Elephant's Child to Helen Keller learn more about themselves and their surroundings in bits and pieces that might help you to learn a bit more about yourself and your surroundings. Great for family readings or just to yourself or your child. Is also a nice chunky book to hold up bookshelves, if nothing else
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2003
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9/24/03 editors Greer and Kohl in taking from Courage(pg 15) to Love (Pg 411) and quotes from various source(s) on all conceivable character traits give a spontaneousness and charisma to characteristics that oft time appear to be "robotic"(e.g. 1.courage(Pg 15) :poet Shirley Kaufman "It's not what I wake up to but what I dream")or(e.g. 2. generosity (Pg 177): Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna "..of course you're glad to help Dr. Clinton;I should think being a doctor would be the gladdest business there was") or (e.g. 3:Compassion:"Our house has character,their's is rundown";"we are cautious,they are chicken";"our friend is the life of the party,their friend always makes a fool of himself after a few drinks"; "Our friend has written a book with a plot as light as a souffle,their friend has written a book with a flimsy plot".
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