This book is meant to be a liberal alternative to conservative William Bennett's bestselling A Book of Virtues. It is divided into four sections on values dealing with self; family, friends, and neighbors; society and nature; and, last but not least, the paramount ideal of love. The stories, poems, essays, plays, proverbs, and fables include classics of children's literature as well as contemporary favorites from such writers as Madeleine L'Engle, Denise Levertov, Arnold Lobel, Rosemary Wells, and Barry Lopez. The book is targeted to adults and young people who want to reflect upon and talk about moral issues, a process which in turn can encourage trust, mutuality, intimacy, and sharing within the family circle.