Adventures From the Book of Virtues (35 Videos)

  • Trustworthiness - The Bear and the Travelers / The Knights of the Silver Shield

    Zach is excited that a college football player who is his role model will attend his school pep rally, so volunteers to help out in order to meet him. But he doesn't think cleaning up for the assembly is worth it, and is prepared to go back on his word. Meanwhile, Sock is reluctant to help Ari fi...

  • Wisdom - The Story of Two Friends

    Zach has graduated from elementary school and is about to start at middle school with more challenging work and new students, some of whom directly mislead him on Orientation Day, and is worried if he will succeed there.

  • Responsibility - The Pupil of Magic

    Two school children learn valuable life lessons from a buffalo, a red-tailed hawk, a bobcat, and a prairie dog.

  • Leadership - The Tower to the Moon / The Gordian Knot

    Zach doesn't think much of his football captain, and when Plato hears of Melanie's glory-lust which allows her to do as she pleases at the cost of the benefit of the team, he tells "The Tower to to the Moon" to demonstrate how a leader's self-importance was rewarded.

  • Selflessness - The Line of Golden Light / Saint George and the Dragon

    Annie's enthusiasm about her family's upcoming spring vacation doesn't last when she learns her mother wants her to be a part-time sitter for her little cousins.

  • Gratitude - Town Mouse & Country Mouse

    Country mouse Emily and her cousin from the big city, Alexander, visit each other and have adventures together at the turn of the century. They always seem to run into trouble and bother with humans, other animals and exciting situations, but when they put their heads together, they can solve any...

  • Integrity - For Want of a Horseshoe Nail / Charlemagne and the Robber Knight

    Annie gets more orders for her craft weathervanes with Plato, Aurora, Ari, and Sock on them than she can deliver right away, so rushes through some to sell them - then gets complaints about how they're dysfunctional. Plato encourages her to consider what the results of a rushed job show by tellin...

  • Courage - The Minotaur / The Brave Mice / William Tell

    Annie is defeated badly by a formidable opponent in a hurdles race, and her confidence leaves her after that. Plato tries to help her get her it back by telling the story of "The Minotaur", where an opportunity was taken to protect people in spite of the danger.

  • Faith - Daniel in the Lions' Den / Harriet Tubman's Determination

    Annie is saddened when her faith-devoted neighbor Ruth passes away, and wonders whether faith is really wroth it because of that. Plato tries to convince her that it is very much worth it by telling the stories of the Hebrew Daniel in the lions' den, who looked to faith always and saw how times o...

  • Generosity - Rockinghorse Land / Old Man Rabbit's Thanksgiving Dinner / The Gift

    Plato learns that Annie and Zach are collecting canned goods for a homeless shelter, but their first priority is the rewards they'll get instead of helping the hungry, to the point where they argue over who should be recognized first at a celebration. He tries to explain how true giving requires ...

  • Diligence - The Discontented Pig / Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

    Zach's first assignment for photographer as the school paper is, to his disappointment, taking pictures of things for the advertisements. He wants to quit, but Ari points out that every task has its ups and downs so the best solution is to work hard and cheerfully, as shown in "The Discontented P...

  • Perseverance - Scarface / The Stars in the Sky / Ulysses and the Cyclops

    Zach and Annie have been taking lessons in karate and guitar, respectively, but now decide they don't want to stay in them anymore. On a hike, Plato tries to remind them of how rewarding persistence can be by telling the stories of "Scarface", about a Native American warrior who was rewarded base...

  • Moderation - The Cat and the Parrot

    After watching too many movies on cable, Zach has a lesson to learn about moderation.

  • Friendship - Waukewa's Eagle / Damon and Pythias / New Friends and Old Friends

    Annie is disheartened when her new friend Sarah decides to choose a partner other than her to go canoeing with, even though she agreed to pair up with her, just because Annie's canoe leaks. Plato reads ""Waukewa's Eagle"" to show how compassion is occasionally and a good heart is always found in ...

  • Loyalty - Yudisthira at Heaven's Gate / The Cap That Mother Made / Queen Esther

    Zach enjoys birdwatching with Mr. Cleveland, but in climbing on a plaque to get up to a tree he breaks it and doesn't get why Mr. Cleveland is so worked up over it, especially when he shows confusion over why anyone would care about such an aged thing.

  • Charity - The Emerald Lizard / Mr. Straw

    Annie and Zach are saddened to see some families in town don't have any heat or warm clothes for the cold winter, and wish someone could help. Plato explains how anyone can make a difference and even tells them the story of how a monk's giving to those in need was enough reward for him throughout...

  • Self Discipline - The Golden Touch / The King and His Hawk / The Magic Thread

    Zach offers Annie and all the others favors for money since he wants to buy a new game and can't get an allowance-raise at home. Plato points out that wanting money too badly leads to pain, as King Midas learned in "The Golden Touch".;#=#;Family;Children;Discipline;Contentment;BOVY0006;642844

  • Friendship - Robin Hood & Little John

    After Zach feels threatened by a new athlete on his track team, a potential friendship comes to a screeching halt. Just like the story of friendship between Robin Hood and Little John, Zach realizes that a good friendship can be born out of healthy competition.

  • Honesty - The Pied Piper

    Annie is conflicted between painting the fence and a party she wants to go to. When she makes promises she can't keep she runs into problem after problem.

  • Citizenship - The Stone in the Road / Cincinnatus

    Annie is disappointed that her family's vacation is postponed since her father has jury duty, and wonders why he simply doesn't skip it. Plato explains citizenship can reward good character, as shown in "The Stone in the Road" where those with and without it are repaid accordingly, and even if it...

  • Honor - The Honest Woodsman / Honest Abe

    Zach feels triumphant when he gets a high enough grade on his history test to give him a good grade on his report card and make the honor roll, until he catches a mistake his teacher didn't. He is tempted to keep it secret so he'll be rewarded for his achievement, but Plato points out that the gr...

  • Work - How the Camel Got His Hump / Tom Sawyer Gives Up the Brush

    A thunderstorm strikes the forest, knocking a tree into the rainbowl. Zach and Annie volunteer to clean it out, along with Plato, Ari, and Aurora, but Sock isn't interested in helping. Plato tells him the story "How the Camel Got His Hump", where another beast's how not working gave him trouble. ...

  • Gratitude - The Discontented Stonecutter / Cornelia's Jewels

    It's Zach's birthday and he wants to plan a large party to celebrate, but is bitter when his parents inform him they can only host a moderate one.

  • Determination - Proteus / Jinkyswoitmaya

    Zach and Annie go mountain-biking in the woods, but Zach's bike overturns and he sprains his ankle. Annie decides to stick with him since he can't walk or ride on it, and gets him not to think about their being stranded by retelling the Greek fable "Proetus" Plato told them, where a Greek king ha...