Believing with Plato that "tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thought," former Secretary of Education Bennett ( The De-Valuing of America , LJ 4/1/92) has produced a McGuffey's Reader for the Nineties. The author draws upon a variety of literature ranging from biblical stories to political legends and speeches to illustrate the catalog of virtues--self-discipline, compassion, work, responsibility, friendship, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty, faith--that he believes are foundational to strong moral character. Most selections are introduced by a short thematic note, e.g., "an honest heart will always find friends." Bennett's elevation of these virtues to moral absolutes renders the book's view of morality rather simplistic. In addition, the collection's lack of attention to women's and non-Western voices encourages the view that the experience of virtue belongs primarily to Western males. Still, this anthology will prove popular with some readers. Recommended for public libraries.
- Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The principled former secretary of education has culled a selection of poems and stories to be read aloud in hopes of passing on specific virtues to the younger generation. The selected works appear under chapter titles such as "Compassion"; "Responsibility"; "Friendship"; "Courage"; "Perseverance"; and "Faith." As artificial or perhaps self-righteous as this project may seem, it is effective. The old stories from the Bible, from great authors, and from folklore do exert a charm and send a message that will stir families to discuss or contemplate the issues set forth. It truly is a treasury, with some tales so brief they can be read at the dinner table. Perfect bedtime, anytime family reading. Denise Perry DonavinSee all Editorial Reviews
Great book, with lots of stories divided into sections to teach some of the most important virtues. Highly recommended, and it does have a table of contents with working links to... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Timtech
great book collection of essays and stories, perfect for night time reading to children.Published 12 days ago by happy customer
A replacement for the one I bought when it first came out. We use it daily! The book should be in everyone's libraryPublished 18 days ago by Sandra Sabatini Kurtzman
Treasured stories from my childhood. Fantastic book and I love reading these tales to my children.Published 1 month ago by Halo
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It is hard to find good understanding of the need for Virtue but here it is. Those things we dismissed as being simple came back to hurt us greatly later when we had not learned... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Housemouse