Monday, September 12, 2011

Leisure Reading - Book Review - The Book Of Virtues For Boys And Girls


Song:  Bolero

Composer:  Ravel

Rendition:  Andre Rieu


Virtue...
not merely the thought or code...
a Moral...

a Virtue is...
a correct action in the face of duty...
or a correct inaction in the face of temptation.

It is a state of being...
as guided by Morals and
 as defined by past actions or inactions.

Again...
it is not enough to merely believe...
it is the actual demonstrating of the belief...
that is living a Virtuous life.



This book is a very well put together conglomeration of...
virtuous acts, and ways of living, as transmitted through
 stories, poems, letters and sayings of such great people as...

Robert Frost...
Aesop...
Anne Frank...
Benjamin Franklin...
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...
Aristotle...
Rudyard Kipling...

among others.

The book is divided into five great virtues...

Friendship...

Work...

Courage...

Honesty...

Loyalty.


It uses examples from the aforementioned Authors, and the lives
of some others, to illustrate the chapter.

The book also has a forward penned by Doug Flutie (of Football fame)...
whose son (Doug, Jr.)  has Autism.

Both, he, and his wife, are helping thousands of others through their...

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

Doug briefly talks of how the five virtues have played 
a major part in his life, and of his success in football.


The book is written for any age group from Mid-Elementary School on up.


As there are numerous examples of Hedonism
throughout popular culture...

(it floods our prime time T.V. ...
our airwaves through radio...
certainly...the Internet)...

children often grow up without a moral compass
to guide their actions to those of virtuous ones.


By reading this book to them at bedtime...
as well as more in depth books from the great thinkers...
while they are young...
children are given a nicely polished set of moral armor
to protect them from the fiery dragon's breath...
that spews from the thoughtless mouths of so many
in the Music, T.V. and Movie industry.

Alex loves being virtuous...
and, although, he sometimes strays from the virtuous path...
he feels bad enough to correct himself and make up for it.

It is when a child doesn't feel bad that they have not had their
conscience developed to a great enough degree.

Just as a computer must have...
 proper programming...
a correct operating system...
and an anti viral software program installed...
to operate in a correct manner...

a child must be fed correct information...
so he may live a virtuous life.

This book may be had on Amazon for under $16.00.

It makes a perfect bridge from Aesops Fables to real life...
all in a highly interesting and easily digestible 200 or so pages.

Alex enjoyed reading it.

While he doesn't realize it...
he is being given a solid framework to base his
knowledge of self, and others, through this, and similar books.


Don't blame the child for any deficit for that which he was not taught.

Lay a solid framework for him to navigate his way through life...
with this and other like books.

It is a solid investment in your child's life.


2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. I will have to look into it.

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  2. Yes, please do. Perfect for a bedtime learning session.

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