ValueTales

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ValueTales is a series of 43 simple biographical children's books published primarily by the now-defunct Value Communications, Inc. in La Jolla, California. They were written by Dr. Spencer Johnson and Ann Donegan Johnson, and illustrated by Stephen Pileggi.

Each book gives a simplified and semi-fictionalized biography of a historical figure as an allegory, illustrating the value of a characteristic. Each volume is a white pictorial glossy hardback book around 60 pages long with a brightly colored cartoon of the figure, along with some anthropomorphic item or animal that narrates the subject's life throughout the book.

The title of each book is The Value of x: The story of y , where x is the characteristic exemplified and y is the exemplary person (i.e. The Value of Determination: The Story of Helen Keller). Early editions of the books use a different format: The Valuetale of y: The value of x . So the first edition of the Helen Keller book is called The ValueTale of Helen Keller : the value of determination

The books were quite popular in homes, elementary school libraries, pediatrics offices, and sunday schools across North America. Most are out of print. In October 2010, Simon & Schuster Children's Books published anthologized five of the ValueTales books in an edition with new illustrations by Dan Andreason.

Books[edit]

Value Subject Sex Author Publication Date ISBN Notes
Adventure Sacagawea F Ann Donegan Johnson 1981 February 1 ISBN 0-916392-59-7
Believing in Yourself Louis Pasteur M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 March ISBN 0-916392-06-6
ISBN 0-916392-01-5
a.k.a. Believing
Boldness Captain Cook M Johnson, Ann Donegan Johnson 1986 June ISBN 0-7172-8188-4
Caring Eleanor Roosevelt F Ann D. Johnson, Steve Pileggi (Illustrator) 1977 July ISBN 0-916392-11-2
Charity Paul-Emile Léger M Ann Donegan Johnson 1983 ISBN 0-7172-1884-8
Commitment Jacques Cousteau M Ann Donegan Johnson 1998 ISBN 0-7172-8820-X
Compassion Florence Nightingale F Ann Donegan Johnson 1987 July ISBN 0-7172-8482-4
Conviction Cesar Chavez M Ann Donegan Johnson 1995 ISBN 0-7172-8482-4
Courage Jackie Robinson M Spencer Johnson 1977 August ISBN 0-916392-12-0
Creativity Thomas Edison M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi (Illustrator) 1984 November ISBN 0-916392-72-4
Curiosity Christopher Columbus M Spencer Johnson 1977 November ISBN 0-916392-13-9
Dedication Albert Schweitzer M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1980 February ISBN 0-916392-44-9
Determination Helen Keller F Ann Donegan Johnson 1977 March ISBN 0-916392-02-3
ISBN 0-916392-07-4
Dignity Arthur Ashe M Ann Donegan Johnson 1994 ISBN 0-7172-8339-9
Discipline Alexander Graham Bell M Ann D. Johnson, Steven Pileggi (Illustrator) 1985 April ISBN 0-7172-1887-2
ISBN 0-7172-8176-0
a.k.a. Self-Discipline, June 1985
Facing a Challenge Terry Fox M Ann Donegan Johnson 1985 November 1 ISBN 0-7172-8134-5
Fairness Nellie Bly F Ann Donegan Johnson 1977 December ISBN 0-916392-16-3
Fantasy Hans Christian Andersen M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1980 Feb ISBN 0-916392-43-0
Foresight Thomas Jefferson M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1980 February ISBN 0-916392-42-2
Friendship Jane Addams F Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi (Illustrator) 1980 February ISBN 0-916392-45-7
Giving Beethoven M Ann Donegan Johnson 1979 June ISBN 0-916392-34-1
Helping Harriet Tubman F Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1980 February ISBN 0-916392-41-4
Honesty Confucius M Steve Pileggi, Spencer, M.D. Johnson 1979 June ISBN 0-916392-36-8
Humility Mother Teresa F Ann Donegan Johnson 1993 ISBN 0-7172-8316-X
Humor Will Rogers M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 March ISBN 0-916392-05-8
Imagination Charles Dickens M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 December ISBN 0-916392-15-5
Imagination Jim Henson M Ann Donegan Johnson 1992 ISBN 978-0-7172-8253-1
Kindness Elizabeth Fry F Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 March ISBN 0-916392-09-0
ISBN 0-916392-04-X
Laughter Lucille Ball F Ann Donegan Johnson 1990 May ISBN 0-7172-8217-1
Leadership Winston Churchill M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi (Illustrator) 1989 August ISBN 0-86679-046-2
Learning Marie Curie F Spencer Johnson, Ann D. Johnson 1979 June ISBN 0-686-98175-8
ISBN 0-916392-18-X
Love Johnny Appleseed M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1979 June ISBN 0-916392-35-X
Optimism Amelia Earhart F Ann Donegan Johnson 1997 ISBN 0-7172-8780-7
Overcoming Adversity Wilma Rudolph F Ann Donegan Johnson 1996 ISBN 0-7172-8731-9
Patience Wright Brothers M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 March ISBN 0-916392-08-2
Positive Attitude Michael Landon M Ann Donegan Johnson 1992 January 1 ISBN 0-7172-8263-5
Respect Abraham Lincoln M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1977 June ISBN 0-916392-14-7
Responsibility Ralph Bunche M Ann Donegan Johnson 1978 November ISBN 0-916392-29-5
Saving Benjamin Franklin M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1978 August ISBN 0-916392-17-1
Sharing Mayo Brothers M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1978 November ISBN 0-916392-28-7
Tenacity Maurice Richard M Ann Donegan Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1984 June ISBN 978-0-7172-8143-5
Truth and Trust Cochise M Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi 1980 Jan ISBN 0-307-69957-9
ISBN 0-916392-10-4
Understanding Margaret Mead F Spencer Johnson, Steve Pileggi (Illustrator) 1979 June ISBN 0-916392-37-6

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