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A Value Tales Treasury Review by Karen Yuen

By Spencer Johnson. M.D.
Simon and Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese? has put together a wonderful collection of biographies for children! Each biography begins with the childhood story of famous people and progresses to their accomplishments later in life. Included are stories about Louis Pasteur, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, Helen Keller, and Will Rogers. Each story exemplifies a character trait that is highlighted and modeled for readers, including believing in yourself, helping others, honesty, determination, and humor. There are thought-provoking questions sprinkled throughout the story to encourage discussion between parents and children as these principles unfold in each tale. Stories end with a full-page biographical sketch of each person, including the dates of their birth and death. Some website references are provided for additional historical information about each character too. The full-color illustrations are absolutely beautiful on the thick, glossy, oversized pages! We read through the entire book in one sitting, and our kids were sad to reach the end of this delightful collection! These tales are well worth reading and re-reading!

Product review by Karen Yuen, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, April 2011