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The Value of Curiosity: The Story of Christopher Columbus (ValueTales Series) Hardcover – November 1, 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Value Communications; 1st edition (November 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916392139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916392130
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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By FMK on August 29, 2013
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I bought this as a replacement for the lost volume to my set of the original value tales.
Spencer Johnson's treatment of these luminaries makes a good impression on kids, it
informs their values and at the same time, teaches them about historical people worth
knowing about.
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My 6 year old is homeschooled and we had started learning about early explorers. We brought a couple of books from the library and it really did not interest the little mind. I remembered reading and loving the ValueTales as a kid myself and decided to buy the one on Columbus. My daughter absolutely loved it. The colorful illustrations and the way the story is told really appealed to her. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has elementary age kids. I am going to buy a few more as we progress through our lessons.
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By wendy rashidi on January 11, 2013
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Love this series of books. I have been reading them to my children and now grandchildren since 1978. I look forward to completing my collection. by the way, why is the one on Jacques Cousteau so darned pricey?
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In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson explores curiosity through the life of Christopher Columbus (1451-1506).

The book tells how a young Christopher Columbus watched the ships coming and going from the docks in Genoa and wondered what strange lands they visited. He listened to stories the sailors told and wondered if they were true. He was pretty sure some of them were not. He begins working on a ship as a cabin boy and befriends a talking gull named "See." Christopher learns all about maps, navigating and sailing ships. As an adult, he leads a voyage of discovery across the ocean, hoping to land in China. Instead he discovers the Americas.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Columbus' life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "Not everyone has to be curious, of course. It's up to you. But if you are curious you may find out some wonderful things. Whatever you decide to do, let's hope it is something that will make you happier. Like our curious friend, Christopher Columbus." (pp. 61-62)
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By Dawn Rhinard on March 26, 2009
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Replacing one of my worn out copies from a set I bought my own chidren years ago. I use it now to teach middle school-aged students in a partial hopitalization setting, values is VERY important.
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