I didnt know about ValueTalesgrowing up, but my husband had and loved the whole collection when he was a kid. We recently picked up the set from his moms basement and brought them home to read to our daughter.
He still loves them, she picks a new one to go through every couple of nights, and Im falling in love with them, too.
Each tale is a story of a person from historyHans Christian Andersen, Harriet Tubman, Louis Pasteur, and Marie Curie, for exampleand shares an appropriate lesson to go with that particular character. The books discuss topics like creativity, fantasy, respect, love, determination, courage, humor, patience, caring, and more.
Each book takes about two nights to read because theres quite a bit of text, though sometimes Ill get carried away and read a whole one even though my daughters ready to turn the light off and go to sleep well before Im done.
The pictures are pretty typical of books from the 70s and 80s, which is a bit of a relief to me, with the new types of art that are so prevalent these days popping up everywhere, from television to books. A little variety is nice.
My daughters favorite part is finding out what the inner voice looks like for each one of the characters, the voice that leads them to do the right thing and gives them good advice when they need direction. In the back of each one, theres information about the actual person each of the books is based on.
If you cant get your hands on a set of the older books published in 1979, you can buy a revamped group of ValueTales stories in a hardcover book. I havent checked that one out in too much detail, but it may be easier to get your hands on than the older set.
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