Family & Life

Using Books to Teach Your Children Values

Posted March 17, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn


We all know the value of reading to your children and encouraging them to read too so I want to share a book with you that my mum used to read to me when I was a little girl…and that I now read to my son.  This book has instilled in me a very important message from a young age, one that I still live by today.

The ValueTales is a series of books that use a real-life person to exemplify an important value making them highly educational, not just for self-development but for historical facts too. My son has an impressive collection! The edition my mum read to me is The Value of Believing in Yourself, where Spencer Johnson describes achievements in the life of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895).

The book foretells Louis Pasteur’s lifelong search for the `invisible enemy’ that causes disease that we know today as rabies. Since his methods were classed as unorthodox in his time, medical professionals would mock him and the public thought he was crazy but, while he worked away in his lab to find a cure for the rabies disease, he never gave up hope and indeed found a cure.

We follow the story of a young boy, Joey, who was bitten by a rabid dog, contracting life threatening rabies.  He was the first human to be cured using medicine developed by Dr. Pasteur. Pasteur was able to save many other people with the medicines developed in his lab.

One of my favourite quotes that stays with me to this day is: “‘When I was working in my laboratory,’ Dr. Pasteur said, `I enjoyed the times when I believed in myself. In those days, I didn’t always succeed. But even if I didn’t, it always felt good to believe that I could.'” (p. 57)

You can buy The Value of Believing in Yourself on Amazon >here<.

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