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Monday, 16 September 2013

Children's books that teach values.

Noguchi the Samurai
Wits are the greatest weapon of all and this is one of my very favourite children's books ever written.
Please see my complete review:
http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/junior-book/noguchi-the-samurai-burt-konzak/1549513/

The Empty Pot by Demi
Another of my very favourite books. Teaches honesty, courage, and giving your best effort. A beautiful story in which the emperor decides his successor by giving all the children a seed and seeing who can grow the most beautiful flower. Ping has always been a talented gardener, but his seed never grows. In all humility he presents the emperor with an empty pot, but there is a twist to this story and a wonderful moral.

Little Monkey's Journey: Retold in English and Chinese by Li Jan
Respect for parents, kindness, courage
http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/junior-book/little-monkey-s-journey-li-jian/1703394/

The Water Dragon A Chinese Legend - Jian Li
"Self discovery, kindness, helping others"
http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/junior-book/the-water-dragon-a-chinese-legend-jian-li/1704310/

Jin Jin The Dragon - Grace Chang
"Self discovery, kindness, helping others"
http://www.ciao.co.uk/Jin_Jin_the_Dragon_Grace_Chang__Review_6086970

Jin Jin and Rain Wizard by Grace Chang
How to right a wrong, courage, forgiveness,  and not being wasteful

Leo the Late Bloomer - Robert Kraus
Believing in yourself, giving everyone time to blossom
http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/junior-book/leo-the-late-bloomer-robert-kraus/

Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
Obedience and respect for parents, a mother's love.

The Koi Who Cried Wolf by Katina Lawdis
A beautifully illustrated and unique retelling of the famous tale.

The Snow Dragon by Vivian French
Courage, self sacrifice, love
http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/junior-book/the-snow-dragon-vivian-french/1453388/

The Muffin Muncher by Stephen Cosgrove
Helping others allows others to help you

Trafalgar True (Serendipity) by Stephen Cosgrove
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Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
Zen Koans in an easy to understand format for children. We especially loved a story of Good Luck or bad luck - showing how what looks like a bad luck may work out for the best - or vise versa.

My Bedtime Anytime Story Book by V. Gilbert Beers

This one  was written by a prolific Christian author, and is wonderful for teaching Christian ethics, but does not specifically mention religion. It has wonderful lessons in life for friendship, honesty, forgiveness and more relevant to all children. It has lovely animal cartoon characters and is a wonderful collection of stories which are both fun and educational.

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