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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How Much Land Does a Man Need ? Leo Tolstoy This story by Leo Tolstoy ( 1828–1910 ) , written in 1886 , in its fundamental physical action is a marvelous metaphor for the need for us to set definite boundaries on our own appetites .
Formerly , when he had passed by that land , it had appeared the same as any other land , but now it seemed quite different . Then one day Pahom was sitting at home when a peasant , passing through the village , happened to stop in .
He kept thinking about the land . “ What a large tract I will mark off ! ” thought he . “ I can easily do thirty - five miles in a day . The days are long now , and within a circuit of thirty - five miles what a lot of land there will ...
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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