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The Children's Treasury of Virtues Hardcover – November 3, 2000

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Conservative champion of ethics William J. Bennett loves to write primers on character building. This hefty three-part treasury brings together three of Bennett's previous primers aimed for young children: The Children's Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Heroes, and The Children's Book of America. In his new introduction, Bennett explains why he believes stories are the key to raising morally sound children. "Even in an age of computer games and electronic toys, you can't beat a good story--especially when offered by a caring adult--for capturing a child's attention," he writes. "Legends, folk tales, biographies, and poems ... serve as reference points on a moral compass, giving children a clear sense of direction in matters of right and wrong."

Even folks who don't agree with Bennett's politics often agree with the overriding lessons in these age-old stories. Famous selections include, "St. George and the Dragon," "George Washington and the Cherry Tree," tributes to Abraham Lincoln and Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Put this lavishly illustrated book by a child's bed so he or she can revisit these stories before drifting off to sleep. After all, this is the stuff that great dreams are made of. --Gail Hudson

About the Author

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (November 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743211367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743211369
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My name is David. I am eight years old. I am reading The Children's Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett. My favorite story so far is "The Honest Woodman." It is about a poor woodcutter who looses his old axe in a river. A water fairy brought up a silver axe and a gold axe. The woodcutter said that they were not his. When she brought up his steel axe, he said it was his. The water fairy gave him all the axes for telling the truth. Telling the truth is very important.
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We're on our second read through of this book of children's morality tales.
With poems, short homilies and stories, Bill Bennett entertains young children as life's good lessons are imparted. The accompanying illustrations are visually delightful.
Some of the stories, because of word usage, appeal to a slightly older audience than my four and five year olds, but they can appreciate most of the vignettes. A good book that helps parents in childhood instruction.
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By A Customer on May 11, 2000
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This is an excellent book to read to your young ones (4+) The stories are old yet the principles are ageless. The children will curl up and live these tales. I find myself truely enjoying this special time. When they get to six or seven I would strongly recommend moving to the Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett. The stories will sweep you and the children away. MY childrens favorite time is reading these stories. They actually ask for the book and seldom does anything else draw such smiles and "Thank You Daddys". Enjoy the experience.
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There are many editions of Bennett's Virtues books, and each is appropriate for a different age group. If it helps you choose from among the editions, here's the deal.

This edition, The Children's Treasury of Virtues, combines three of Bennett's books: The Children's Book of America, The Children's Book of Virtues and The Children's Book of Heroes.

The Children's Book of America is a collection of patriotic stories, songs and poems. The Children's Book of Virtues is intended for children ages 4-8 and is only 112 pages. The stories include familiar childhood tales such as George Washington and the Cherry Tree and The Tortoise and the Hare. The Children's Book of Heroes is a brief (112 pp.) collection of 18 inspiring stories of real and fictional heroes.

If you are looking for a book for older children, The Book of Virtues for Young People: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories is intended for children 9-12 and is 384 pages long. It contains familiar childhood stories such as The Fox and The Crow, but also selections by beloved writers such as Walt Whitman, Tolstoy and Emily Dickinson.
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By C. Wymer on November 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had this book when I was a little kid. I honestly think that by reading it, it changed how I viewed things as a child. Partially because of this book, when I was little I had strong feelings about responsiblity, kindness, courage, perserverance, and many of the other subjects illustrated in The Children's Book of Virtues. I loved reading it and the stories affected me greatly.
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As a homeschool mother I am always looking for great stories for my almost 7 yo and my 2.5 yo. This book is part of the curriculum for Sonlight and it is fabulous. My daughter's favorite is about two brothers, one who doesn't let his "please" out of his mouth so the "please" jumps into the other brothers' mouth (which makes him say all his "pleases" twice). Eventually though, the "please-less" mouth wants his please back and his "please" is thrilled to be at home and allowed to get some fresh air. The stories are grouped by moral or attribute (compassion, courage, etc.). Both male and female main characters throughout the stories and the poems makes this book appropriate for both boys and girls. I highly, highly recommend this book, no qualms about it.
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My daughter (6 yo) loves this book, and I do too. The stories are entertaining and engaging, and the illustrations are wonderful.

The book hearkens back to good old-fashioned values and morals, and is completely unashamed in doing so. Mr. Bennett writes in the foreword that the process of intentionally instructing the young in virtues was done without embarrassment in our recent past. I enjoyed the frankness of the approach in this book. Each selection is headed by a summary of the lesson contained in it.

This collection includes poems, fables from Aesop, adaptations of fairy tales, and other stories from cultures around the world in order to illustrate certain virtues, such as responsibility, kindness, honesty, and good manners. The selections are of a good length to sustain the interest of a young(4 - 8 yo) child. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to inculcate good values.
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