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05:59 pm: More Virtuetopia (Virtutopia? Virtue-topia?)
Okay...so what are your favorite stories that have a clear moral...like Pinocchio or the boy who called wolf for truthfulness, Christmas Carol or Beauty and the Beast for...well helpful, friendly, courteous, or kind,  etc?

(This becomes more important because it now looks as if I may write it up as a series of children's books.)

ARGH! I should have specified: Public Domain stories, stuff written before 1923. (Much as I absolutely love them, I can't use C.S. Lewis's or Lloyd Alexander's stuff. ;-)


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Date:January 6th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
The Magician's Nephew
(truthfulness AND kindness)

Brown Bull of Norrowa
(bravery by the weak and facing up to the consequences of your actions--plus, true love!)

Sleeping Beauty
(small cruelties punished with unexpected consequences to the innocent and true love triumphant)

The Little Mermaid (Andersen version)
(what is the nature of a soul...what is the nature of love)

The Happy Prince

The Nightingale and the Rose

Coat of Rushes

Date:January 7th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Really, anything by Lloyd Alexander. My favorite would be the Prydain Chronicles (work hard, love people, and do what's right, and you will be rewarded, although not without pain).

Darren A. Jones
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Date:January 7th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Lloyd Alexander is still on my top five list. A friend just read them to my kids.

Alas, however, they are not public domain, so I cannot use them in my new project. Still, best series ever!
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Date:January 7th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm fond of the Redwall books, particularly Redwall, Mattimeo, and Martin the Warior. Has clear messages about defending the innocent, self-sacrifice, and honor. Good stuff! But not public domain. :)

Public domain:

The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf--Hans Christian Andersen. respect for elders, generosity

The Red Shoes--Hans Christian Andersen. folly of vanity

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Date:January 7th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Red Shoes is a good one...and one that is easy to adapt to other things that might suck in children.

Date:January 8th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
As a parent I particularly like the story of The Little Red Hen.

Those who don't help, will not benefit!

Then there are the oldest ones Aseop's Fables.

This site has 640odd of them http://www.aesopfables.com/
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Date:January 8th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I was thinking that a few Aesops Fables thrown in would be a great idea!
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