Item description for A Call to Character: Family Treasury of Stories, Poems, Plays, Proverbs, and Fables to Guide the Development of Values for You and Your Children by Colin Greer...
Overview Following an age-old tradition of teaching children through the use of parables and proverbs, "A Call to Character" contains selections from novels, short stories, plays and poetry from around the world, both contemporary and classic. Chosen by two longtime educators and writers, each excerpt is introduced by an essay that explores the values, dilemmas, and complexities of the story.
Publishers Description "A Call to Character" is a unique family reader that brings together a liberal assortment of voices from novels, short stories, plays and poetry -- both the well loved and the obscure -- to enrich and enliven a child' s imagination. The unusual breadth of readings illustrates lives defined by hign standards of personal character, such as courage, honesty, fairness, responsibility, compassion, empathy, generosity and love.
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Integrity to Idealism Sep 24, 2003
9/24/03 editors Greer and Kohl in taking from Courage(pg 15) to Love (Pg 411) and quotes from various source(s) on all conceivable character traits give a spontaneousness and charisma to characteristics that oft time appear to be "robotic"(e.g. 1.courage(Pg 15) :poet Shirley Kaufman "It's not what I wake up to but what I dream")or(e.g. 2. generosity (Pg 177): Eleanor Porter's Pollyanna "..of course you're glad to help Dr. Clinton;I should think being a doctor would be the gladdest business there was") or (e.g. 3:Compassion:"Our house has character,their's is rundown";"we are cautious,they are chicken";"our friend is the life of the party,their friend always makes a fool of himself after a few drinks"; "Our friend has written a book with a plot as light as a souffle,their friend has written a book with a flimsy plot".
A collection of wonderful excerpts illustrating values. Dec 30, 1996
This book is full of excerpts from little- and well-known books with a soulful commentary behind each one. Characters from The Elephant's Child to Helen Keller learn more about themselves and their surroundings in bits and pieces that might help you to learn a bit more about yourself and your surroundings. Great for family readings or just to yourself or your child. Is also a nice chunky book to hold up bookshelves, if nothing else