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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; English Language edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689816138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689816130
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Having scored a resounding success with The Book of Virtues (more than 2.2 million copies sold), erstwhile politico William J. Bennett now turns his attention to what his publisher deems the "growing demand for character education" with The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories; included under such headings as Self-Discipline, Responsibility and Loyalty are works by the likes of James Baldwin, Emily Dickinson, Victor Hugo and Thomas Bulfinch (S&S/Silver Burdett, $14.95, ages 7-12 ISBN 0-382-24923-2 July).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 6 Up?Bennett has compiled fables, stories, and poems that have served as inspiration since time immemorial. Courage, friendship, loyalty, honesty, self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, and faith are represented, with an introduction and commentary for each. Classics such as O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" and "Echo and Narcissus" are indicative of compassion. A sweet, illuminating letter from "F. Scott Fitzgerald to His Daughter" lays out her responsibilities. An account by Helen Keller of meeting her teacher, Anne Sullivan, provides a beautiful portrait of friendship. And poignant examples of courage are presented back to back in "Excerpt from the Diary of Anne Frank" and the poem "If?" by Rudyard Kipling. This old-fashioned volume may not be picked up by today's world-weary readers, but those who do dip into it will find that every generation had its share of problems addressed by eloquent and, yes, virtuous writers.?Julie Halverstadt, Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lots of short stories and excerpts from classics.
West Virginia
I love this book and highly recommend it to adult individuals of all ages, parents, teachers - EVERYONE.
Jill P.
The book is a great source of information as I teach these virtues to my children.
G. Payne

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By N. B. Kennedy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2011
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There are several editions of Bennett's Virtues books. If it helps you choose from among the editions, here's the deal.

This edition, The Book of Virtues for Young People, 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.

The Book of Virtues for Boys and Girls: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories is also intended for children ages 9-12, but it is an abbreviated version of only 208 pages.

The Children's Book of Virtues is intended for children ages 4-8 and is only 112 pages. The stories are chosen for their appropriateness for this young audience (many reviewers mention their dislike of some of the stories in other versions) and include familiar childhood stories such as George Washington and the Cherry Tree and The Tortoise and the Hare.

I thought I was going to buy the one for Boys and Girls, because the cover shows children playing baseball and the introduction is by Doug Flutie and would appeal to my sports-mad son. But in the end, I wanted more choice of stories, and that version just didn't have enough variety. As in all the books, the stories are grouped by theme (Honesty, Loyalty, Faith, Responsibility, etc.), and the Boys and Girls book has only five themes to choose from, half as many as the adult version.

Ultimately, I chose the adult version,
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Raphael Chalvarian on November 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A book of encouraging stories and poems for our young generation to teach them everything from self-discipline, responsibility, honesty, loyalty etc. Read when George Washington was 14 year's old he wrote 110 best ways to act around people, he called it the "Rules of Civility". Read Walt Whitman's ode to Abe Lincoln, and my favourite by Frank Crane, entittled "Boy Wanted". Though the tittle of this book refers "for Young People" I think adults can without a doubt learn as well. I certainly have and I am in my fifth decade of my life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jill P. on November 29, 2008
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Although this book is aimed at "young people" and for ages "10 and up" it is a wonderful, interesting, uplifting, thought-provoking, and fantastic read for adults as well! I love this book - I'm 29 years old and I enjoy every fable, tidbit, short story, and examples from history that demonstrate virtues in this book. Easy to read, but not childlike at the same time. I am applying what I have learned from this book in my daily life and life feels so much better to me. I was taught honesty, responsibility, and other "virtues" as a child, but never was exposed to it via short stories and this route of learning. I love this book and highly recommend it to adult individuals of all ages, parents, teachers - EVERYONE. Get a copy for yourself and/or give as a gift. I can't say enough about positive things about this book! :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rohan Amin on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for kids 9 and over. I got for my son who is 8 and for his school reading he likes to read those stories. Though he likes to hear the same stories from the younger kids version of the same book when I read to his brother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Wells on January 9, 2008
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This was a Christmas gift to a fourteen year old grand daughter. When I signed the book to her I wrote "don't let the title put you off. The stories are wonderful."
At last contact she was halfway thru the book and loved the stories. If nothing else it will give her another resource for decisions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Payne on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Everything was what I expected. The book is a great source of information as I teach these virtues to my children. The stories are fun and yet they help myself and my children to understand the virtue we are studying. I would recommend this to anyone with children of all ages.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Meg Jaworowski on December 11, 2007
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Bill Bennett has done it again with The Book of Virtues For Young People. Reading the stories aloud to my children is an excellent way to talk about and open the discussion of the important virtues brought to light in this book. History, fantasy, poetry are all included in this marvelous book. The stories gently lead and guide young minds to WANT to do the right and to understand why. I highly recommend this to parents and children of all ages!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Mohan on May 28, 2010
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This review is to tell folks how simple, and easy it is to purchase from Amazon. I first looked up the subject, found very fast and easy and then was able to compete the sale very efficiently. My books were delivered in record time.. My purchase was for a project with my 7 jr. high and highschool grandchildren. Because of the ease of finding my materials and receiving them so fast, we are on our way to a fun summer project. Thaqnks Amazon..Lilly Mohan

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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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