A ValueTales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Spencer Johnson comes a wonderful new kind of children’s story, the Imaginography, imaginative biographies—stories of real people and real events—told in a fun new way that children find irresistible.

In these Imaginographies, youngsters get to imagine how famous people from history might have listened to themselves—to their True Voice, that voice inside each of us that gives us our best thoughts. ...

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Overview

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Spencer Johnson comes a wonderful new kind of children’s story, the Imaginography, imaginative biographies—stories of real people and real events—told in a fun new way that children find irresistible.

In these Imaginographies, youngsters get to imagine how famous people from history might have listened to themselves—to their True Voice, that voice inside each of us that gives us our best thoughts. And by example, children are encouraged to listen to their own True Voice and act on it.

Based on the original stories, which sold more than 10 million hardcover copies, these new ValueTales® have been reimagined and reillustrated to appeal to a new generation of children. Whether you’re an adult who grew up with the original ValueTales® or you’re discovering them for the first time, you’ll enjoy sharing these universal values and helping children grow into good people—one story at a time.

Included stories:
THE VALUE OF BELIEVING IN YOURSELF Louis Pasteur
THE VALUE OF HELPING Harriet Tubman
THE VALUE OF HONESTY Confucius
THE VALUE OF DETERMINATION Helen Keller
THE VALUE OF HUMOR Will Rogers

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Five biographies with an emphasis on values are told in this collection. The "imaginographies" are stories about real people that are intended to help children imagine the kind of person they want to become. The biographies are about Louis Pasteur, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, Helen Keller, and Will Rogers. Each biography describes a "true voice" which stands for the attribute that helps the person with his achievements. In the story about Louis Pasteur, a bee named Bee Lieve narrates the story as if he were the voice inside of Pasteur that gives him his best thoughts. The bee is pictured throughout, buzzing and whispering to Pasteur to believe in himself. In Harriet Tubman's story, a star guides her to freedom. Questions at the bottom of some of the pages ask the reader his or her opinion or feelings about the events. Each story also has a factual biography and lists sources for more information. An illustrated table of contents is included. There are sweet illustrations in pastel colors throughout the text. This text lends itself to be read aloud to children and discussed with the intention of guiding and influencing children's behavior and their outlook in making life decisions. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—This collection of stories profiles Louis Pasteur, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, Helen Keller, and Will Roger to highlight the values of "Believing in yourself," "Helping," "Honesty," "Determination," and "Humor." The author explains that "Like a biography, an Imaginography is about real people and events but it is told in a more fun and imaginative way." Each selection is followed by a page that fleshes out the historical facts and suggests finding more information at a local library, at the Library of Congress website, or at a website specific to that individual, with URLs provided. The mission of the book is laudable, the large and colorful format is attractive, and the illustrations are skilled if cloyingly cute. However, the text is incredibly condescending, the writing is only fair, and the device of a personified "True Voice" is confusing (each person's inner voice is depicted as a bee, a star, or some other Jiminy Cricket stand-in). Adults may approve of this earnest and preachy volume, but it seems unlikely that children will take its messages to heart.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416998389
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 277,953
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 12.70 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors.

His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager®, the world’s most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.

Dr. Johnson is often referred to as “the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.”

He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune, the New York Times, the Today show, Time magazine, USA Today, and United Press International.

More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 1, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      South Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons
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