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The Value of Honesty: The Story of Confucius (ValueTales) Hardcover – June, 1979


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Value Communications; 1st edition (June 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916392368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916392369
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am now a teacher and I wanted these books in my classroom for extracurricular reading.
Eric C
The important thing is that it's a good story, with a great message and kids will read and remember it.
Anna M. Ligtenberg
Good overview of who Confucius was with a positive moral message for our non-Christian family.
maamaakrystal

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on June 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
ISBN 0916392368 - One thing that I really like about this set of books is that the characters used to teach values are real, which makes it easier to "sell" the value to kids. 5 year olds will believe a cartoon dinosaur, but the older set, 9 and up, are harder and these books help!

Confucius was told by his father at a very young age that he would grow up to be a wise man, so he set out to educate himself. He read books and observed people and learned that honesty and integrity were very important. When the chance arose to teach his values to others, he did, and became so well known throughout China that he was sought after as an advisor. Before his death, he had many followers and those followers helped him to write down much of his knowledge to share with others.

At the end, there's some historical information about his life, making this a useful book for those biographical reports all kids have to do. One thing that every kid I know has caught on to, though - early in the book, Confucius doesn't know what wisdom is and he begins to "talk to" Sage, who is identified as Confucius' "own good thoughts" - so he's talking to himself... but Sage tells him what a wise man is. How does Sage know if Confucius doesn't?! Not important, though. The important thing is that it's a good story, with a great message and kids will read and remember it.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on December 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson teaches about honesty and integrity by examining the life of Confucius (551 BC - 478 BC).

The book tells how Confucius learned about honesty from his father. And how his father encouraged him to prepare for a life of teaching others. He learns about wisdom by talking with an imaginary six-inch-tall man named Sage. Confucius became a teach, first of children, then of adults. As he continued to learn wisdom, became an advisor to powerful rulers in his country.

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 Confucius' life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "Only you can decide about the value of honesty in your own life. But whatever you decide, let's hope that it gives you a good feeling about yourself. Like it did for our good friend Confucius." (pp. 61-62)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maamaakrystal on October 21, 2012
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We got this book when studying Ancient History. My 6 year old really enjoyed it.. Good overview of who Confucius was with a positive moral message for our non-Christian family. I loved this series as a child and was excited these are available on Amazon. Just disappointed they are no longer published. We plan to get more from this series.
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More About the Author

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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