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Book Reviews
February 1945

Character Formation Through Books: A Bibliography.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(2):134-135. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020140066017

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With the premise that a child lives out the role of the hero of a book and thus obtains emotional release as well as gleaning general principles of conduct from the actions of the characters, the author has selected a group of books for children from the primary age group through adolescence. He gives a brief description of each book and enumerates the character traits and other topics emphasized in it.

The books selected for the primary group stress contentment, good manners, generosity, helpfulness and repentance; some are on the subject of babies. The books for the lower grades emphasize bravery, honesty and manliness. Those for the middle grades teach simplicity, obedience and thoughtfulness; some deal with the topics of sex education, fathers and prayer. Those for junior high school suggest unselfishness, promptness, study and honesty. The senior high school books cover these subjects and others, such as running away

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