The Little Book of Character Strengths is a colorfully illustrated poem describing the meaning of twenty-four character strengths to a child and young adult audience. The book is based upon the VIA classification of character strengths. Its bright colors and creative illustrations along with the poetry format are meant to captivate young readers. The book can be read along with adults to foster discussion of ways of developing character strengths. Adults also will benefit from the message of the book.
A stanza is devoted to each of the character strengths, such as kindness, honesty, creativity, and bravery. Each stanza contains an illustration to help clarify the meaning of the character strengths and to stimulate the imagination. The book can be read in sections allowing for in-depth discussion of character strengths and can be used as an educational tool in the classroom for character-building.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Rousso is the author of We All Live on This Planet Together, a book on helping children cope with their fears by looking to their character strengths and the beauty in the world. She has written articles on wellness for the Epoch Times and the elephant journal, and has a personal blog at junerousso.com. Dr. Rousso spends her spare time practicing yoga, Qigong, and dance, all toward the goal of living a balanced life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Character Strengths by June Rousso, Ph. D. encourages the reader to explore beyond their natural tendencies to go with the status quo. The development of this book came from the VIA Classification of Character Strengths, where author Rousso presents it in poem format that is understandable for both children and young adults. The section on “Love of Learning” is genuinely masterful and full of wisdom. Expanding one’s views of themselves and others seems to be the author’s intent. Moving beyond oneself to share love and feelings with another to expand the individual's horizons. When one works with others as a team, then the whole unit can be blessed and encouraged rather than just one individual. There is joy in helping others achieve their goals and in helping a group become stronger and more efficient. From the beginning until the end, author Rousso helps the reader to be stretched in their thinking, actions and to break free from their existing habits to develop deeper, more meaningful ones. While reading The Little Book of Character Strengths, one quickly sees how words, attitude, and feelings play an important part in who we are, what we choose to do and how we respond to others. Without question, this would be a great book to help children during a school focus on “Character” week. This material is certainly understandable and written so a teacher could ask questions and follow up with the material. This would be a very useful tool for both the individual reader as well as to read in a group setting, followed up with a discussion of character and how a person develops both their own character and influences the characters of others around them.