A Pocket Book of Short Moral Stories
As a good parent, you want to do more than just teach your young children about shapes, colors, numbers and letters though that is important, too! It is also important to teach them about the concepts of right and wrong and to help instill in them a moral compass that they can carry with them the rest of their lives.
However, it can be difficult to simply sit down with a young child and simply talk to them about why it is. This charming story is about a baby bat named Stella Luna who through no fault of her own winds up in a nest of baby birds!
However, in the end, Stella eventually finds a family of bats to take her in and discovers who she really is. Stella Luna is available on Amazon. At first the boy and the tree are good friends but as the boy grows up, he becomes more selfish and asks more and more of the tree, eventually cutting it down in order to make a boat to sail away on.
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At the end of their lives, the boy is now an old man and comes every day to sit on the stump of the tree, their relationship coming full circle. The Giving Tree is available on Amazon. This class story by Dr. Seuss is one of the best moral tales about the price that people — and the environment — pays for unbridled greed. The Oncler does not listen until the last tree has been chopped down, and then his factory and everything else crashes down around him.
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This story is a great way to talk to kids about the dangers of being overly materialistic — in a way that is age-appropriate and that they can understand. The Lorax is available on Amazon. Munro ; W. Jacobs; O.
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Although this book was originally compiled in , my copy is the 67th printing from I decided to go back and take a fresh look at the 22 short stories included and see if I liked them as much now as way back then. The Killers-Ernest Hemingway. Set in Summit, Illinois during the s.
While just west of Midway Airport now, back then, Summit was pretty much run by Capone and was every bit as corrupt and dangerous as one would think. No plot. No character development. Only 1 Although this book was originally compiled in , my copy is the 67th printing from Only 10 pages, but quintessential Hemingway. Nick Adams is in it! They did not say anything. George reached down for a towel and wiped the counter.
Stupid, pretentious and dated. Big Blonde-Dorothy Parker. I loved this story. A sad tale about a wasted life, beautifully told. Hazel is an unforgettable character and I suspect Ms. Parker was well acquainted with people like her in Depression era New York. Perhaps my favorite story in the collection.
Even if one did not have any background on Ms. It occurred to him that all the flowers he had seen in the show windows must have gone the same way, long before this. Seeds-Sherwood Anderson. This seemed overly mannered to me. I realize the characters exchange their positions, but it was tedious to follow.
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Bliss-Katherine Mansfield. This is one to read carefully. Very subtle. Rain-Somerset Maugham. One of my favorite Maugham tales. Straightforward prose and a delicious ending. Haircut-Ring Lardner. Stream of consciousness dialogue from the barber. How droll! A talking cat. This is the kind of tale that Stephen King could write in his sleep, and I think it suffers from the dated writing. Probably yeah. Henry-A Municipal Report A great little morality tale told by a master.
A very typical O. Henry plot twist at the end. Anton Chekhov-The Darling Very different from the previous story. Very Russian. The main character, Olenka, drifts through life with no personal opinions, and seems to simply latch on to whomever she is with presently. I thought it was quite depressing. It jumps around and could not empathize or care about any of the characters. Not nearly as good as any of his other more famous works. Yes, that is what Tolstoy is getting across, but it seems so alien to modern American culture now.
Forgiveness seems alien to our country. Edgar Allen Poe-The Cask of Amontillado While this is not my favorite Poe at all, the concept of the short story would not be the same without him. An essential short story. FYI Amontillado is a type of sherry. Sorry, I hate sherry. A Passion in the Desert-Honore de Balzac As much as I tried to enjoy the story, I could not get over the undercurrent of loathing for our natural world.