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What Stories Does My Son Need?: A Guide to Books and Movies that Build Character in Boys

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In an annotated list including movies such as High Noon and Glory, and books such as The Giving Tree and To Kill a Mockingbird, therapist and educator Gurian highlights the particular ethical lessons two hundred great stories can impart to boys and young men.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 5th 2000 by TarcherPerigee (first published June 1st 2000)
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Jul 03, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
I checked this book out of our local library, and found it to be a very valuable resource, as a mother of 2 boys. In it, the author explains his impetus in writing the book. He and his wife were in line to see Saving Private Ryan, and noticed another couple in line, with their 4-year old son. Being a family therapist and educator, he felt like saying something, but was restrained by his wife (can't really blame her- not many people would take his advice in that circumstance). The straw that brok ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
So I like lists and this one was fun to look at. The book/explanation part takes about 15 minutes to read and the rest of the book is the list of 100 books, a synopsis and about 3 questions to ask and review with your kids. It starts with pre elementary age boys and progresses to young elementary, older elementary, middle school, and high school.

He does recommend many movies that are 'R' rated, so be aware of that. Gary and I found it interesting though to see what lessons could/should be learne
Jun 25, 2010 Libbydale rated it really liked it
Since listening to the Wonder of Boys, I want to inhale more of Michael Gurian's writing and I spotted this at the library. It's a good reference. Star Wars isn't on the list, and because my child is so into that right now I wonder where that falls into building character into my son? Some of these stories we've already read, but some I won't probably allow. Important to remember is that is is just a guide, but I also like how it gave me ideas for discussing movies and stories with my child, som ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
A lot of the lower ratings dismiss the book for recommending "gasp" R-rated movies for teenagers. If you don't think it would be good for your son at age 16 to see a movie like Schindler's list or Saving Private Ryan, then I can't help you. This book is great. I like the focus on being willing to talk to your child about the lessons taken from all the media they consume whether it's on this list or not. It helped in pointing out books and movies I could steer my sons toward at different ages, bu ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
An interesting concept - the idea that there are certain stories that are better for boys because they show an old idea (growing to be a man, etc.) I found his age recommendations to be a bit off, though, my kids are probably a little more sheltered than most. This is definitely written for a more mainstream (i.e. the kids who watch cartoons on TV kind of audience), though I liked his recommendation of Lassie. :) I only glanced at the preschool - early elementary section since that is where we a ...more
Feb 06, 2008 Lynde rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting, crap
this one i also thought looked sort of stupid, but easy to get the point of the author who i think has pretty good insight on boys. anyway, it makes suggestions on discussing current movies/books that you may share with your boys. the questions that he suggests to pose to children have to do with increasing empathy, awareness, and comprehension for different age levels. the questions that he asked i think are pretty enlightening, and certainly bring forth a frame work for me to continue for disc ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
I always have difficulty finding books and movies for my boys. This book gives recommendations for books and movies (by age group) that build character in boys. Would I necessarily agree with all the recommendations? Perhaps not, but the author acknowledges outright that everyone has differences of opinion and he provides his rationale for why he feels a book or movie is appropriate. I have made myself a list and hope to get some of these books and movies for the boys over the summer.
Aug 09, 2010 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I liked the list and have read a lot of the stories. Some movies are rated R, some stories I thought were recommended for ages a little too young, but I appreciated the idea. By the way, I didn't read the whole thing. Mostly skimmed.
Jan 16, 2013 Bree rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
*movies recommendations are mostly rated R for high school(age 14-18) and pg13 for middle school (age 11-13) -- way too many war-themed ones
*book recommendations had several worth looking into
Jan 24, 2010 Kirstie rated it liked it
Great ideas for conversation starters and movies to get for our boys. There are several we have watched already and I agree with what the author had to say. I like his conservative ranking of age-appropriate movies.
Oct 03, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Good list. Some I thought had bad language and a little violent but all good messages.
Aug 01, 2011 Lupe rated it really liked it
I have similar lists on the web but this book also includes discussion questions. Great for parents, grandparents, or teachers.
Feb 22, 2010 Lu marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
List of books/stories/movies for boys
Apr 29, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Fantastic resource. Recommended to all dads.
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Mar 19, 2013 Brynn Mccarthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for ANYONE with a son. Loved this guide for books and movies and conversation starters about them.
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