A Call to Character: A Family Treasury of stories, poems, plays, proverbs, and fables to guide the development of values for you and your children
Kohl, Herbert R
This book has four sections, dealing with values relating to 1) oneself, 2) known others, 3) unknown others and nature, and 4) love. Fables are scattered about. They include morals from student fables collected by Kohl (34; e.g. Better to be old than bold!); eighth-grader Mark Vecchoise's parody The Head Man (72); Brian Patten's delightful You'd Better Believe Him: A Fable (102); Leo Lionni's Frederick (109); Aesop, The Lion and the Boar (269) retold by Ann McGovern; Fable reported as anonymous (333; really Perry #36 with an oracle instead of the old man here asked whether what two young people hold in their hands is dead or alive); Aesop's OF (360) retold by William Caxton; and Leonard Jenkin's Birds, Beasts, and Bat (382; a very nice updating of Aesop). The book represents a noble effort to engage parents and their children in the discussion of values well depicted in classic literature. See the pair of audio cassettes of the same title.