Friday, June 20, 2014

Helpful Hal's Treasury of Christian Virtues - a Must-Have Book for grandma's bookshelf!

The Rhyme-Time Book of Christian VirtuesSummer is officially here tomorrow, so while children are likely looking forward to time off from school with plans for swimming, playing, camping, playing, etc, Summer is also a great time for reading books! With this in mind, for the next month, I'll share some book reviews with you - some will include opportunities to win a book and others are just reviews to let you know about some great books for summer reading!

Today I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite books for children. I originally bought these books for my children; it can be difficult to find it now, but if you do, you will find it is a book your grandchildren will love!

While Helpful Hal's Treasury of Christian Virtues is an old book, it is absolutely a must-have book for any grandma's bookshelf! When my children were young the stories in this book were individual books, but in 1997 Michael P. Waite's 12 stories were combined into one book. In 1999 it was re-released with the title, The Rhyme-Time Book of Christian Virtues - while they have different titles, they are the same collection of 12 wonderful stories! I love the colorful and fun illustrations and the silly and yet powerful stories . . . each one focuses on a specific theme - 
  • Suzy Swoof - a Story about Kindness
  • The Hollyhonk Gardens of Gneedle and Gnibb - a Story about Forgiving
  • Gilly Greenweed's Gift for Granny - a Story about Showing Love
  • Sammy's Gadget Galaxy - a Story about Patience
  • Max and the big Fat Lie - a Story about Telling the Truth
  • Sylvester the Jester - a Story about Accepting Others
  • Buzzle Billy - a Story about Sharing
  • Miggy and Tiggy - a Story about Overcoming Jealousy
  • Casey the Greedy Young Cowboy - a Story about Being Thankful
  • Sir Maggie the Mighty - a Story about Obedience
  • Handy-Dandy Helpful Hal - a Story about Helpfulness
  • Boggin, Blizzy and Sleeter the Cheater - a Story about Fairness
In "Sir Maggy the Mighty" children learn about obeying , "Buzzle Billy" will help your child to learn about sharing and "Sylvester the Jester" teaches a very important lesson about accepting others. My favorite is "Handy Dandy Helpful Hal" - "the pooped out parents perfect pal" as he helps kids learn to help! 

These are stories your grandchildren will love and stories which give you the perfect opportunity to talk with them about truly important things - such as being kind, forgiving others and telling the truth. You will only be able to find this book on-line, but it is well worth the effort as it is a great "tool" to help us pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren.

Enjoy!

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