A Child̕s Garden

Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child̕s Moral Imagination, Second Edition, by Vigen Guroian

Twenty-five years ago, Vigen Guroian published Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination (Oxford University Press). Since then, the book has become a minor classic in the homeschooling community and classical schools. It isn’t hard to understand why: not only does Dr. Guroian defend the need for fairy tales and fantasy literature, but he walks through numerous stories showing their power to awaken the moral sense.

Dr. Guroian’s love of stories grew out of his boyhood experience of the fantastic when hearing his grandmother tell tales of the giants and heroes in her Armenian homeland. His discussion of stories retains the magic and wonder we have as children but often need to relearn as adults.

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Robin Phillips has a Master’s in Historical Theology from King’s College London and a Master’s in Library Science through the University of Oklahoma. He is the blog and media managing editor for the Fellowship of St. James and a regular contributor to Touchstone and Salvo. He has worked as a ghost-writer, in addition to writing for a variety of publications, including the Colson Center, World Magazine, and The Symbolic World. Phillips is the author of Gratitude in Life's Trenches (Ancient Faith, 2020), and Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation (Ancient Faith, 2023). He operates a blog at www.robinmarkphillips.com.

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