Friday, October 22, 2010

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Review: "E is for Ethics" by Ian James Corlett

As a parent, I have wondered what my child would do if he were caught in certain ethical situations. I try to teach morals and ethics at home, but sometimes approaching the subject is difficult and awkward. Ian James Corlett is the author of E is for Ethics: How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most, which is a book that features 26 short read-aloud stories to teach children about the things that matter most. Each chapter features a mini story about a particular subject, such as Acceptance, Tact, Perseverance, Gratitude, Courage, and more. Every story in the book is interesting and engaging and really opened up a line of communication between my 9 year old son and myself. We were able to discuss subjects that are sometimes sensitive, he learned about things he didn’t know yet, and I was able to teach my son valuable lessons on many things. I read these to the younger kids in my daycare as well, but it was a little over their heads still. This would be a great book for any child old enough to read chapter books or for parents of grade school age children.

Corlett is an award-winning children’s book author who was inspired to write this book as his own family grappled with teaching their children ethics. When his two kids were very young, he and his wife started a weekly discussion period he dubbed “Family Fun Time”. Every Monday after dinner, they all sat around and Ian would tell his kids tales about the two young children, who were much like his own, featured in the book: Elliot and Lucy. His children began to really enjoy this time and they hardly realized they were serving a bigger purpose.

You can read more about E is For Ethics on their website EIsForEthics.com . Their website features tons of neat materials including a free downloadable coloring book. You can purchase this book on Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble and it retails for $18.99 in the U.S. and $21.99 in Canada.


Thank you to Atria Books for sending us a complimentary copy of this book to base this review upon.