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3.0 out of 5 stars I AM BIASED ALSO, September 10, 2003
This review is from: The Children's Book of Virtues (Hardcover)
I had purchased the book "The Educated Child" by Bennett for my
son and daughter-in-law shortly after my granddaughter was born.
They have been using it and I assume they like it.
I work in a bookstore in the children's department and I had been eyeing this "Book of Virtues" for some time. Not only do I think that such a book is important but Hague also happens to be one of my favorite illustrators. So on breaks at work I would read it. It is not all that I had hoped it would be, but it is good.

However, Bennett's bias politically drives me nuts which has made
me biased against purchasing this book. Added to that, his
decision to not only preach against sin but to name the names of
the sinners (in another venue) makes him something less than an
effective moralist and something more like just another loud-mouthed commentator on tv. And then to put the nail in the coffin, there is the recent revelation of his own particular downfall (gambling). Talk about people who live in glass houses!!
None of my own biases against this man has to do with the intrinsic value or lack thereof of the book. But, I have decided that I would find someone more personally worthy of informing me and my grandchild about virtues.
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Initial post: Mar 16, 2008 9:54:26 PM PDT
A. Ryan says:
I have no idea what you are referring to regarding Bennet and his political bias and his personal life (nor do I care). But, you will never find a human being that lives up to the standards of perfection to instruct you and your grandchildren. If you were to look closely, everybody has some sin or another in their personal lives. That doesn't necessarily disprove the message they are presenting.
However if you insist that every author on virtues be perfectly virtuous, I'm afraid the only book of virtues that is fit for your reading is the bible.
Happy reading!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2008 3:37:09 PM PDT
Lou says:
I so agree with with what A. Ryan has said; he has seemingly said it all. I would, however, add a caveat to his post in saying I think it extremely unlikely that even the Bible was written by perfectly virtuous men--after all, they were only human.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2008 7:23:59 PM PDT
SP says:
nb, the writer's of the bible were men... but the bible is the word of GOD, given to us through these men.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 6:29:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2011 6:37:07 AM PDT
Thank you very much for the sensible and objective assessment of this book. I found your commentary most helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 5:16:23 AM PST
G. Townsend says:
Amen, A. Ryan. This is kind of a sad review. The person is no doubt a liberal.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 4:49:34 PM PST
DOC says:
Amazon is not the venue you should use to give us your opinions about people -- simply review the product and leave it at that.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 4:51:08 PM PST
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