5 Stars Out Of 5
Moral Values Through Stories
August 28, 2013
"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.