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- Androcles and the Lion : An Aesop Fable
Aesop, Janet Stevens
A retelling of the Aesop fable describing the consequences of the meeting between the slave Androcles and a wounded lion.
- Book of Virtues, The
edited by William J. Bennett
One section is devoted to stories, poetry, essays and letters about compassion.
The story of Bruce Olson, missionary to the Motilone Indians in South America.
- Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White (Author), Garth Williams
An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.
- Children's Book of Virtures
by William Bennett
The perfect companion to William J. Bennett's number-one bestseller; The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Virtues is the ideal storybook for parents and children to enjoy together:
With selections from The Book of Virtues, from Aesop and Robert Frost to George Washington's life as well as Native American and African folklore, The Children's Book of Virtues brings together timeless stories and poems from around the world. The stories have been chosen especially for a young audience to help parents introduce to their children the essentials of good character: Courage, Perseverance, Responsibility, Work, Self-discipline, Compassion, Faith, Honesty, Loyalty, and Friendship. Lavishly illustrated by the well-known artist Michael Hague, these wonderful stories and the virtues they illustrate come to life on these pages. The Children's Book of Virtues is an enduring treasury of literature and art that will help lead young minds toward what is noble and gentle and fine.
When Christy Huddleston leaves a life of privilege and ease to teach in the impoverished Smokey Mountains, her faith is severely tested by her pupils, the love of two men, and the curious customs of the mountain people in her community. Yet she grows to love these people and the simple, fulfilling lifestyle to be found in the heart of God's country. First released in 1967, Christy is based on the life of author Catherine Marshall's mother and was the inspiration for the recent television series of the same name. Beautifully told, this is a charming, timeless tale of love and faith that will appeal to romance readers of all ages. --Maudeen Wachsmith
- Clara Barton : Soldier of Mercy
Mary Catherine Rose
Biography of the woman who became famous as a nurse to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, and who later founded the American Red Cross.
- Compassion: Zach Lends a Hand
by Shelagh Canning, William J. Bennett, Davis Henry (Illustrator)
- Complete Guide to Service Learning, The - CD
by Cathryn Berger Kaye
An essential time-saving tool for integrating service learning into your curriculum and classroom. This CD-ROM includes all of the forms from the book (easy to print and customize), plus a wealth of bonus material: more samples and forms; a section on how to create a culture of service in your school or organization; more author interviews (including Marlee Matlin and Jerry Spinelli); and more “Bookshelf” entries.
- Complete Guide to Service Learning, The: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action
by Cathryn Berger Kaye
Service learning can be so much more than picking up trash or cleaning up graffiti—although both are great places to start.
A treasury of activities, ideas, and resources, this eloquent, exhilarating guide can help teachers and youth workers engage young hearts and minds in reaching out and giving back.
Author Cathryn Berger Kaye, an educational workshop leader, speaker, and former classroom teacher, presents service learning—its importance, steps, essential elements, and challenges—within a curricular context.
Chapters cover a variety of common service-learning themes including animals, the environment, hunger and homelessness, community safety, literacy, and social justice. Each includes inspiring quotations, background information and resources, preparation activities, real-life examples, and ideas that have worked for other teachers.
- Drinking Gourd : A Story of the Underground Railroad, The
by F. N. Monjo
When he is sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the underground railroad.
- Gandhi, Peaceful Warrior
A biography of the Indian leader whose nonviolent passive resistance tactics influenced reformers in other countries.
- Good Sam : Jesus' Story of the Good Samaritan
by Glenda Palmer
Based on Luke 10:25-37. A retelling of the biblical story of the Good Samaritan, which defines a good neighbor.
by Gloria Whelan, Leslie Bowman (Illustrator)
Hannah, a blind girl living in Michigan in the late nineteenth century, doesn't go to school until a new teacher tells her about the Braille method of reading for the blind.
- Learning About Compassion Through the Life of Florence Nightingale
A brief biography of the woman whose concern for others led her to become a pioneer in the field of nursing.
- Lion and the Mouse, The
by Aesop (Author), Bob Dole
Recounts the tale of the tiny mouse who helped the mighty lion when he became ensnared by hunters.
- Little Match Girl, The
Rachel Isadora (Illustrator), Hans Christian Andersen
The wares of the poor little match girl illuminate her cold world, bringing some beauty to her brief, tragic life.
- Mama Heidi
If you ever wondered if caring people can make a difference in this world, then be sure to see this program.
In 1994, Heidi and Rolland Baker arrive in Mozambique amidst the hard times following the Mozambique Civil War. Even the Red Cross trucks were not safe and were bombed. Before coming to Mozambique, Heidi and Rolland worked as missionaries in Indonesia and China. After hearing about the conditions in Mozambique, they decided to go there and work with the poorest of the poor. They make a difference by adopting a dilapidated orphanage. The children had all kinds of diseases and sometimes even ate rats to survive. Heidi and Rolland began caring for the children, educating and feeding them.
During the hard times, sometimes even threatened by death, Heidi and Rolland experienced amazing miracles of healing for the blind, crippled and those afflicted with AIDS.
Currently, Heidi and Rolland provide three residential orphanages and schools, caring for 700 children. Hundreds more are cared for by many of their thousands of pastors. The Bakers serve the most forgotten, including street children, prostitutes, the imprisoned and those surviving off a huge city dump.
This documentary shows how Heidi and Rolland are a powerful inspiration for many in Mozambique, Africa and around the world.
- Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal.
- Stories Told by Mother Teresa
by Teresa, Edward Le Joly (Compiler), Jaya Chaliha (Compiler), Allan Drummond (Illustrator), Edward L. Joly (Compiler)
Recognized all over the world for her compassion and dedication to the poor, Mother Theresa of Calcutta is considered by many to be a modern-day saint. Wherever she went, Mother Theresa was always teaching about kindness and love--and one of the most meaningful ways she taught was through her stories. This inspiring collection of stories told by Mother Theresa is based on the simple yet special moments she experienced during her daily work in the streets of Calcutta.
- Teresa of Calcutta : Serving the Poorest of the Poor
D. Jeanene Watson.