It was around Valentine’s Day when I spotted the cover of Humble Heart: A Book of Virtues. I decided to take a look at it and test drive it with my three year old daughter. Turns out, the book covers all kinds of virtues, including love and humility.
This book was almost an instant hit in our house, which was surprising because it’s a rather long book. There are nine virtues covered in this book, each with a short story about an animal. For instance. Caroline Cat learns about thoughtfulness and Daniel the Dog learns about faithfulness. I love how the all the “chapters” are pictured on the back cover. My daughter loves to flip the book over and pick which chapter she wants to read next.
The stories were cute and easy to read, but I’m not always sure my kids understood the virtue that was being highlighted. In addition, I thought a few virtues could be taken with a different angle. For example, humility was explained as not being too proud to ask for help. I don’t think that’s something kids really struggle with. Instead, I think humility would have been better portrayed as not bragging or something along those lines. I also would have loved if the definitions were a little easier for young ones to remember. The Bible verse at the end of each chapter was nice and of course, the book was very positive overall, so that’s good!
All in all, I think this book would be worth the buy. At $10 (Amazon), it’s a good value and at the very least, it would help introduce the concepts of virtues to the kids.