ValueTales

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

Each book gave a simplified and fictionalized biography of a historical figure as an allegory, illustrating the value of a positive characteristic. Each volume was 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 would narrate the subject's life throughout the book.

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

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