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  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416998381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416998389
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 2-4–This collection of stories profiles Louis Pasteur, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, Helen Keller, and Will Roger to highlight the values of “Believing in yourself,” “Helping,” “Honesty,” “Determination,” and “Humor.” The author explains that “Like a biography, an Imaginography is about real people and events but it is told in a more fun and imaginative way.” Each selection is followed by a page that fleshes out the historical facts and suggests finding more information at a local library, at the Library of Congress website, or at a website specific to that individual, with URLs provided. The mission of the book is laudable, the large and colorful format is attractive, and the illustrations are skilled if cloyingly cute. However, the text is incredibly condescending, the writing is only fair, and the device of a personified “True Voice” is confusing (each person's inner voice is depicted as a bee, a star, or some other Jiminy Cricket stand-in). Adults may approve of this earnest and preachy volume, but it seems unlikely that children will take its messages to heart.Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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About the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors.

His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager®, the world’s most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.

Dr. Johnson is often referred to as “the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.”

He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune, the New York Times, the Today show, Time magazine, USA Today, and United Press International.

More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful.
s menzock
Teaches kids great value and understanding of people value moral in life.
Baharak Moshir
My 7 year old daughter loves this book!
W. Jones Loflin

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My husband bought this book at the airport on his way back home, and our 6-year-old daughter hasn't put this book down. Stories of Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller and several other achievers, each of them delivering a primary value (Honesty, Believing in yourself, Helping others). Our daughter has been inspired by the stories, and reminds us that she needs to practice the values like the protagonists. We've also had some healthy conversations on values with our daughter as a result of this book.

If you have a 6-10 year old and are considering books that help build character, this book would make a good addition to your library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lavish Bookshelf on December 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Based on Dr. Johnson's original ValueTales series, this new classic book has been updated for today's children. This beautifully illustrated book contains five biographies and includes internet addresses if your family wanted to do more research as part of a historical unit study.

Famous historical people such as Harriet Tubman and Confucius learn valuable character traits as they listen to their "True Voice" which might be disguised as a bee, a star or even a lariat. With an important historical event (and a little help from a "True Voice") kids can understand just how important each specific character trait can be. The "True Voice" changes from story to story, but overall the "True Voice" reinforces values such as believing in yourself or being honest.

To prompt discussions with your kids, each story also contains open-ended questions such as "Do you have people in your life that help you?" After each anecdote is a one page biography which increases the educational factor of this book. ValueTales will probably be enjoyed by an elementary aged child, but honestly even I learned a few things as I read this book and checked out the internet sites.

I received a complimentary copy of ValueTales from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review on behalf of HeartoftheMatterOnline, but the opinion is all mine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Jones Loflin on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 7 year old daughter loves this book! The use of "your true voice" and the bee, star, etc. used to deliver the message are just brilliant. Each chapter has questions within the story that help the child be actively engaged in the story. Can't wait for future volumes. I find myself learning from the stories as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By s menzock on November 28, 2010
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I bought this book for my 7 & 10 year old daughters at their school book fair. We read the book together, one story a night. The girls would remind me that we needed to read. The stories are wonderfully written and the idea of using an image as your "inner voice" is outstanding. The illustrations are beautiful. Their is so much more in the book then just a simple story. It is thought provoking and engaging for the young and old. At the end of each story their is a short biography of the historian. Well done all around! I can't wait for the next book to be released and neither can my daughters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaffy M. on November 16, 2010
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My children loved the individual Value Tale books when they were young and now my grandchildren can read several delightful tales about real people and the importance of having values like honesty, courage, kindness, etc. The stories are fun and imaginative recountings of events in the lives of well know historical people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara F. Greene on January 28, 2012
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Years ago we owned the whole series of The Value Tails and my son loved the stories in them. This book contains just four of the stories but it still is a worthwhile read.
I purchased this book for my grandchildren because it has so many stories about people including Louis Pastuer and Harriet Tubman.I would recommend this book or the whole series to anyone that is looking to motivate their children with real stories about people that overcame obstacles and succeeded. Great teaching tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karine Holloway on February 7, 2013
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I love this book and i get it over and over for bday gifts, it refers to Abraham Lincoln for Value of Respect, Eleanor Roosevelt for Value of Caring, Ludwig Van Beethoven for Value of Giving, Marie Curie for Value of Learning, Christopher Columbus for Value of Curiosity. I highly recommend.
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By mom&more on October 19, 2011
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My husband remembered these books from his childhood and was thrilled to find this little compilation. At first he was disappointed that they changed the drawings, but the stories are still good, and our 4-year-old daughter enjoys them. Great lessons, entertaining stories, real heroes. We've been buying lots of biographical books for little kids lately, and these are my favorites. We also tracked down a few of the other old ones on Amazon.

UPDATE: My daughter just turned 7, and this is STILL a favorite. She can now read all of the stories by herself. Her favorites are Helen Keller and Louis Pasteur. All of these stories are significantly shorter than the original versions. We enjoy both. Each of these can be read fairly quickly as a bedtime story. The originals we usually split into 2-3 nights.
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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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