Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories  -     By: William Kilpatrick
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Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories

Touchstone / 1994 / Paperback

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This extensive and detailed book list contains the stories you know and love from your childhood--books that contain morals, values, and provide a compass of love and stability for children. With introductions that expound upon the value of children's literature and a book list that includes awards and elaborated descriptions of books, this is one resource you'll turn to again and again. 332 pages, indexed.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 332
Vendor: Touchstone
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0671884239
ISBN-13: 9780671884239

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Here is a family guide to classic novels, contemporary fiction, myths and legends, science fiction and fantasy, folktales, Bible stories, picture books, biographies, holiday stories, and many other books that celebrate virtues and values.
There are more than 300 titles to choose from, each featuring a dramatic story and memorable characters who explore moral ground and the difference between what is right and what is wrong. These books will capture your child's imagination, and conscience as well-whether it is Beauty pondering her promise to Beast, mischievous Max in Where the Wild Things Are, the troubled boys of Lord of the Flies, generous Mr. Badger in The Wind in the Willows, or the courageous struggles of such real-life characters as Frederick Douglass and Anne Frank.
With entries arranged by category and reading level, there is something here for all readers-from preschoolers to teenagers-whatever their tastes may be. Each entry features a complete plot summary and publisher information so that you can find the book with ease in your local library or bookstore. It's not always easy to teach a child the difference between right and wrong, but stories-whether they are based on fantasy or rooted in real life-can speak to children more eloquently than any list of dos or don'ts and can impart moral values as they nurture a child's imagination.

Author Bio

WILLIAM KILPATRICK, Professor of Education at Boston College, is the author of four previous books, including Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong, and is a frequent lecturer to university and parent audiences. Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe created The Golden Key, an award-winning children's book catalogue. Gregory Wolfe is editor and publisher of Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion. Suzanne M. Wolfe is at work on her first novel.

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    "Character is not cut in marble; it is not something solid and unalterable. It is something living and changing", George Elliot reminds us in her book "Middlemarch."

    Books not only provide enjoyment, they also shape and influence our lives.

    This is the premise for "Books That Build Character: A Guide to Teaching Your Child Moral Values Through Stories" by William Kilpatrick, author of "Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong" and Gregory and Suzanne Wolfe.

    The book is literally a compass to guide parents in choosing books which are not only enjoyable, but reveal moral lessons within their pages.

    The book is divided into the following components: Foreword by Dr. Robert Coles, Ch. 1 Imagination: The Heart's Best Guide, Ch. 2 Example and Empathy, Ch. 3 Transport: Seeing with Myriad Eyes, Ch. 4 Worlds of Meaning, Ch. 5 Selecting and Sharing Good Books: Some Guidelines, Booklist, Appendices, Notes and Index.

    The book list is divided into three levels: Younger Readers (4-8 years), Middle Readers (8-12 years) and Older Readers (12 years and up). The book list is divided into the following categories: Picture Books, Fables and Fairy Tales, Myths, Legends and Folktales, Sacred Texts, Books for Holidays and Holy Days, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Biography.

    Our family has used this guide both independently and in conjunction with Beautiful Feet's "Teaching Character Through Literature" guide.
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