The Book of Virtues
Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. 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 places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history.
William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them. From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, 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 sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives. Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together.
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Stories about friendship require taking the perspective of friends , taking others seriously for their own sakes . In the best friendships we see in perhaps its purest form a moral paradigm for all human relations .
According to Aristotle , friendship either is , or it involves , a state of character , a virtue . ... These are based on pleasure in another's company ( friendship of pleasure ) , or on usefulness in association ( friendships of ...
Rare it is probable Friendships of this kind will be , because men of this kind are rare . ... admit one another to intimacy , much less be friends , till each has appeared to the other and been proved to be a fit object of Friendship .
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Every human whether Christian or not should have this book and read it, and reread it. Our children were raised hearing the stories from Bennet's Children's Book of Virtues at bedtime. We purchased ... Read full review
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Bennet should be given some kind of pretty lapel pin for compiling this book of some of the best stories humanity has recorded. Read full review