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My mom and dad came to visit last weekend. And they did what parents do best: give their kids stuff! In addition to supplying fruit snacks and chocolate milk for my kids, they brought me ValueTales!
I have been coveting the ValueTales book series written by Spencer Johnson (author of the classics Who Moved My Cheese and One Minute Manager) and Ann Donegan Johnson for a while. I grew up with these books, and they really spurred my love of history and character building. But I didn't really want to buy a set for myself, when my parents' set was sitting unused. So being a moocher, I asked my mom if I could "borrow" them. (Ha! And to my siblings: Sorry/Not Sorry! The early bird gets the worm!)
So this weekend, we got all of these books. SCORE!
I love these books, and you can see that they have been quite loved through the years. (But since they are over 20 years old, hardback and mostly read by kids--they are in fantastic shape!) Each one has a value (ex: helping, leadership) and a person who personifies that value (ex: Harriet Tubman, Winston Churchill). The book is a biography with cartoon images, that follows the hero and how they used this value throughout their life.
These books were written in the '80s. They do tend to whitewash somethings, but hey, they are kids' books! These books are an excellent foundation for learning about famous figures (and some amazing not-so-famous people!) at a young age, and then as children get older, they can learn about the complexities of these characters from other sources. The values are solid, the heroes are fantastic, and my son sat on the floor and went through them for over an hour the day we received them.
How to find them:
These are at my local library, and they might be at yours, too. But if you want to buy them... sadly, most of these books are out of print. (Say it ain't so!) But you can easily find used books on Amazon and Ebay, though it may be more difficult to find a complete set. Most books I saw were about $2/book, so buying them individually might be a great way to test to see if you like them or if you want to hand pick the people featured.
What's included in the hardback series (in no particular order):
Amazing, right!? I want my children to learn values and character from real people who changed the world for good. And if you grew up with these like I did, begging this set from your mom this is a fantastic way to do it. ;)
Did you grow up with ValueTales?
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