The Book of Virtues

The Book of Virtues
  • Item #: ISBN 9780671683061

Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Loyalty. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Hard Work. Self-Discipline. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best place to find them is in great works of literature and in exemplary stories from history.

In The Book of Virtues, former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character - and help adults teach them. From the Bible: stories of Ruth's loyalty to Naomi and Jonathan's friendship with David. From American history: stories of Booker T. Washington earning his way to an education, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Nathan Hale giving his life for his country, and selections by Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Poems from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Fables from Aesop and stories from Greek mythology. Philosophy from Aristotle and Plato. Fiction from Willa Cather and O. Henry. Fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

These stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions - the source of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book which the whole family can read and enjoy - and learn from - together.

Author: William J. Bennett. Publication Date: 11/1993. pp.832. Hardcover.

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