Create Priceless Memories
In Tell the Children: Values Build Character, author, speaker, master storyteller and proud grandfather Jim Penny takes you around the world on a fascinating journey of discovery. You’ll become friends with an extraordinary cast of mentors (the “others”) who teach values in a way that you and your children (or grandchildren) will find impossible to forget.
If you are like most people, you’ll want to know: Is Tell the Children a children’s book? Is it meant for me? Is it for my teens? Is it a motivational book? Is it an inspirational or faith-based book? Is it for grandparents, aunts, uncles or other loved ones? Is it a biography? Is it a work of fiction? Why was the book written? How does it work?
The answer to all but the last two of these questions is “Yes.” But, most importantly, Tell the Children is a take-action book for anyone fulfilling a parenting or teaching role. Even though the intended eventual audience of the book’s stories is children (thus their place in the title), it wasn’t written to be read by young children. Rather, the stories are meant to be read by you and then shared with your children (thus your “tell the children” action assignment in the title). It’s up to you to decide whether you read the words as written, or retell (recommended) the stories in your own words. Either way, when you invest the time to involve yourself and your children in the book’s stories, you’re the one who will always be their most important hero, their favorite “storyteller.” You’ll be the one creating life-long, priceless memories and giving your children the tools necessary to build real character. That’s the way it should be!
Your children will readily identify with their new “friends,” providing you with countless opportunities to reinforce the book’s lessons. You’ll soon come to the realization that it’s not just them who is experiencing personal growth. Which of the book’s stories or mentors will lead to your “Aha!” moment when you come to the realization that you are one of “The Children”?
Seven and eight year olds can frequently name the value associated with each mentor after a single reading. Some are able to recall the value statements almost as quickly. Older children have no difficulty remembering and repeating all of the value statements (The Character Compass) in order. The “alphabetized” sequence of the book even has children as young as five asking questions like, “Who is C?” at the end of the “B” or Bradford chapter. When you hear these words, you’ll know your child is learning!
As to why Tell the Children was written: Each time you turn on the TV, listen to the radio, access the Internet, read the newspaper, or merely venture out in public, it’s easy to see that the biggest threat to the future of our society, the underlying cause of so many of our problems, is the continuing erosion of the very things our parents and grandparents held so dear—our values. The simple truth is that integrity, ethical behavior, positive decision-making and an unwavering commitment to principles (all evident in people possessing true “character”) can only be built on a foundation of strong values. Leaders with a values-based clear sense of direction and the courage to stand by their convictions are imperatives for a better tomorrow. We can and must do everything possible to make that happen!
Tell the Children gives you the tools you need.
Remember, one day the future will be in your children’s hands, but today their future is in your hands!