Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination by Vigen Guroian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this when I was reading it. I've been "in the middle of it" for far too long because it is a dense book (or maybe I'm a dense reader). He packs a lot into each sentence. So I would read some, carry it to a different room and let it set, then read some more, let it set, then read some more. I think it probably took me a year to get through it.
I've heard Guroian speak on CD both on The Mars Hill Audio Journal and CiRCE Annual Conference and found myself reading in his voice. I think that helped me love it, as he has a kindly, deep, growly voice. What he has to say is perhaps better said aloud than in print. I notice that his "Mentor" talk from CiRCE (a favorite of mine) helped me understand those sections of TtHoV better.
In this book, Guroian makes the argument that the books that we read to children matter and that we need to read literature to them that is more than what it seems. He goes on to give examples explicating different stories and literature on five themes. We've read - or listened to - many of the stories he indicates in the book, so it was interesting to see how he discussed the stories.
My friend, Anna from Mahers Hill Academy, recently read Michael D O'Brien's A Landscape of Dragons and lent it to me, it should be interesting to compare and contrast with Guroian, particularly regarding Wind in the Willows which Guroian recommends but O'Brien cautions.
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