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The Value of Imagination: The Story of Charles Dickens (Valuetales) Hardcover – December, 1977


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Product Details

  • Series: Valuetales
  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Value Communications; 1st edition (December 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916392155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916392154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson helps us appreciate the imagination of Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

The book introduces Charles, a boy who loves to listen to his father tell stories. He decides that when he grows up he will be a great storyteller. Charles reads books to see how other people tell stories. He is encouraged by his imaginary friend, a talking bookworm. Charles had to work hard to help his family pay their debts. He remembered all of the hardship he saw, and when he was an adult he wrote stories about it. His stories entertained a lot of people--and convinced some of them to help people who didn't have enough money.

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

Closing quote: "Perhaps you may want to think about how you feel when you use your imagination. What you choose to do with your imagination may be very different from what Charles Dickens did with his. But whatever you decide to do with your imagination, let's hope it makes you happier. Just like it did for our good friend Charles Dickens." (p. 61-62)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Vivien Mojica on July 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
All of the books from this series were fun to read! They are full of great lessons that will impact your kids in a positive way for years to come. I wish they were still in print and available in softcover editions for families to enjoy today. The educational substance in these books is what is missing from alot of kid's programming nowadays. I buy them all off the shelves whenever I find them in used bookstores and give them away to whichever kid is nearby-that is how much I believe in these books.
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I had these books for my kids and now I'm buying them for my grand children. The artwork is kid friendly and the story infomative and inspirational.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on March 19, 2014
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Trying to get the whole set so this is a nice book to complete that goal that I have set.
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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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