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Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination

Vigen Guroian


As the popularity of William Bennett's Book of Virtues attests, parents are turning more and more to children's literature to help instill values in their children. This book provides the perfect complement to books such as Bennett's, offering parents and teachers a much-needed roadmap to some of our finest children's stories. The book illuminates the complex ways in which fairy tales and fantasies educate the moral imagination from earliest childhood. Examining a wide range of stories—from “Pinocchio” and “The Little Mermaid” to “Charlotte's Web”, “The Velveteen Rabbit”, “The Wind in the Will ... More

Keywords: William Bennett, Book of Virtues, values, children, moral imagination, character, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vigen Guroian, author
Loyola College