Great Lessons in Virtue and Character: A Treasury of Classic Animal Stories

(From Amazon): Courage, compassion, responsibility, honesty, faith-these are just some of the characteristics we long to nurture in our children. But how can we teach without preaching? By reading with them the best that children's literature has to offer. This unique collection of stories about animals is drawn from classic children's favorites such as Black Beauty, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Horse and His Boy, and Old Yeller. Stories illustrate the virtues and vices that are universal to human nature and inspire the building of strong moral character. Arranged by virtue, these captivating stories are sure to be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Character Focus
Suggested Grades
3rd - 8th
Baker Books

Character Focus

  • 1 Courage - "The Black Stallion" Walter Farley
  • 2 Courage - "The Horse and His Boy" C.S. Lewis
  • 3 Courage - "Call It Courage" Armstron Sewell
  • 4 Compassion - "Beautiful Joe" Marshall Saunders, retold by Anna Higgins
  • 5 Compassion - "Black Beauty" Anna Sewell
  • 6 Compassion - "Androcles and the Lion" Retold by Louis Untermeyer
  • 7 Responsibility - "All Alone" Claire Huchet Bishop
  • 8 Responsibility - "A Dig ib Barkham Street" M.S. Stolz
  • 9 Responsibility - "Old Yeller" Fred Gipson
  • 10 Responsibility - "The Yearling" Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • 11 Responsibility - "The Glove and the Lions" Leigh Hunt
  • 12 Loyalty - "Zlateh the Goat" Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • 13 Loyalty - "A Secret or Two" Quentin Reynolds
  • 14 Loyalty - "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" Rudyard Kipling
  • 15 Perseverance - "A Rare Provider" Carol Ryrie Brink
  • 16 Perseverance - "Island of the Blue Dolphins" Scott O'Dell
  • 17 Perseverance - "Lassie Come-Home" Eric Knight
  • 18 Self-Sacrifice - "Stone Fox" John Reynolds Gardiner
  • 19 Self-Sacrifice - "North to Freedom" Anne S. Holm
  • 20 Self-Sacrifice - "The Dog of Pompeii" Louis Untermeyer
  • 21 Self-Sacrifice - "Lad: A Dog" Albert Payson Terhune
  • 22 Self-Discipline - "The King and His Hawk" Retold by James Baldwin
  • 23 Self-Discipline - "Shiloh" Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • 24 Self-Discipline - "The Apprentice" Dorothy Canfield
  • 25 Honesty - "Little House in the Big Woods" Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • 26 Honesty - "A Dog of Flanders" Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)
  • 27 Honesty - "Gun Shy" Edward Fenton
  • 28 Faith - "Ten and a Kid" Sadie Rose Weilerstein
  • 29 Faith - "So Dear to My Heart" Sterling North
  • 30 Faith - "Sounder" William H. Armstrong
  • 31 Faith - "Lead Not Forth, O Little Shepard" Eric P. Kelly

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