ValueTales Still Have a Place in Children’s Book Collections
I didn’t know about ValueTales growing up, but my husband had and loved the whole collection when he was a kid. We recently picked up the set from his mom’s 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 I’m falling in love with them, too.
Each tale is a story of a person from history—Hans Christian Andersen, Harriet Tubman, Louis Pasteur, and Marie Curie, for example—and 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 there’s quite a bit of text, though sometimes I’ll get carried away and read a whole one even though my daughter’s ready to turn the light off and go to sleep well before I’m 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 daughter’s 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, there’s information about the actual person each of the books is based on.
If you can’t 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 haven’t 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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