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The Children's Treasury of Virtues Hardcover – November 3, 2000

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Conservative champion of ethics William J. Bennett loves to write primers on character building. This hefty three-part treasury brings together three of Bennett's previous primers aimed for young children: The Children's Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Heroes, and The Children's Book of America. In his new introduction, Bennett explains why he believes stories are the key to raising morally sound children. "Even in an age of computer games and electronic toys, you can't beat a good story--especially when offered by a caring adult--for capturing a child's attention," he writes. "Legends, folk tales, biographies, and poems ... serve as reference points on a moral compass, giving children a clear sense of direction in matters of right and wrong."

Even folks who don't agree with Bennett's politics often agree with the overriding lessons in these age-old stories. Famous selections include, "St. George and the Dragon," "George Washington and the Cherry Tree," tributes to Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Put this lavishly illustrated book by a child's bed so he or she can revisit these stories before drifting off to sleep. After all, this is the stuff that great dreams are made of. --Gail Hudson

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (November 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743211367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743211369
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are many editions of Bennett's Virtues books, and each is appropriate for a different age group. If it helps you choose from among the editions, here's the deal.

This edition, The Children's Treasury of Virtues, combines three of Bennett's books: The Children's Book of America, The Children's Book of Virtues and The Children's Book of Heroes.

The Children's Book of America is a collection of patriotic stories, songs and poems. The Children's Book of Virtues is intended for children ages 4-8 and is only 112 pages. The stories include familiar childhood tales such as George Washington and the Cherry Tree and The Tortoise and the Hare. The Children's Book of Heroes is a brief (112 pp.) collection of 18 inspiring stories of real and fictional heroes.

If you are looking for a book for older children, The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories is intended for children 9-12 and is 384 pages long. It contains familiar childhood stories such as The Fox and The Crow, but also selections by beloved writers such as Walt Whitman, Tolstoy and Emily Dickinson.
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If you are looking for a good set of stories to read to your children, look no further! This is a collection of 3 other titles edited by Bill Bennett, and illustrated by the phenomenal Michael Hague. The stories are a good length for reading to young squirrly children, and are well written. They are heroic and thoughtful. This edition would also make a welcome gift for a family you care about.
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I bought this book for my 5 and 3 years old children and we all enjoy this book very much. The stories, though mostly well known tales, are written well and can be read out loud nicely. They vary in lengths (from short poems to stories several pages long), and they also vary in their complexity suitable for children of various ages. Illustrations are on every page. All the stories end on a positive note. They teach children about perseverence, love, honor, and justice. This is a welcome addition to our huge collection of children's stories.
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This book is a beautiful source of morality tales for young children. It has full color illustrations on every page. It's stories range from poems of just a few lines to longer tales several pages long. My five year old really enjoys listening and looking at the lovely pictures at bedtime.

The stories all illustrate a virtue or value, and make wonderful springboards into discussions about right and wrong.
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This is an excellent book for kids and adults alike. As I read these stories to my children, I begin to remember having heard them when I was small. The stories are well written and beautifully illustrated. This book is a combination of three other books edited by Dr. William Bennett, the former Secretary of Education and popular talk show host. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children (or planning to have children).
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This is the first book my daughter picks on a consistent basis. It has such variety it peeks the whole family's interest. We love this book.
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Every parent should have a copy of this book. Bill Bennett's books are a wonderful legacy to give our children. Couldn't recommend more highly. If each family invested in all of Bill Bennett's books, and used them diligently to teach our children the morals and values needed, our country would be on a much healthier path. Keep on hand and give new parents Dr Bennett's books for baby showers!
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This book is made up of several short stories that have valuable life lessons for children. It is so much fun to read. My children are 2 and 5 and they both love reading the little stories together. It's a great resource with substance for training up young ones.
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