This fat book contains 12 stories (originally published as individual books), each emphasizing a different virtue: kindness, truthfulness, loving nature, patience, forgiveness, friendliness, thankfulness, obedience, joyfulness, generosity, politeness, and a desire to do the best job possible. Each story is short, written in strong rhyme, and has cute pictures of animals drawn by Linda Clearwater, Dorothy Stott, Kathy Couri, and Phyllis Harris.
Here's an example of the text:
"If I makeEach chapter always refers back to the Bible, offering a simple biblical quote for children to memorize.
a great big mess,
I'll be honest
I will not steal
from a store.
I will pay
at the door."
The last few pages of the book contain notes for parents, with ideas on promoting virtues.
What I Like: This book is well written and has adorable illustrations. What's not to like?
What I Dislike: My only complaint is that the parental notes would be more useful directly before or after the stories they pertain to, rather than squeezed in at the end of the book.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, infant to toddler, but because this isn't a board book, most parents won't be able to read it to their baby. In addition, my four year old (who tends to have advanced tastes) really enjoyed this book and it lead to several interesting conversations about good behavior.
Publishing Info: Standard, 2006; ISBN: 978-0784718483; hardback, $14.99