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Adventures from the Book of Virtues is an American animated television series based on the books The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, and The Children's Book of Virtues, both by William Bennett, who served as Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan. The program focuses on two main human characters, Zach and Annie, who learn various life lessons from their friends Plato the bison, Aurora the red-tailed hawk, Aristotle the prairie dog, and Socrates the bobcat. These lessons are told in the form of animated segments based on stories from a variety of sources including Bible stories, fairy tales, fables, mythology, and folk stories from different cultures.

Plot Edit

The series focuses on two best friends: 10-year-old Zach Nichols, who is Caucasian American, and Annie Redfeather, who is Native American. In each episode of the series, one of them commits an act contrary to that day's chosen virtue (loyalty, compassion, courage, moderation, honesty, etc.) and suffers pain as a result (be it physical or moral). They seek the counsel of one of Annie's animal friends. These animal friends are four anthropomorphic mountain-dwelling entities who between them possess an immense knowledge of legends and literature as well as common sense and a lively sense of fun. They utilize classical works of famous authors, philosophers, poets, as well as fables and myths to communicate the truth of virtue to Zach and Annie. Plato, the oldest, is a scholarly bison; Aurora, the most gentle, is a Red-tailed Hawk; Socrates "Soch" is a rambunctious bobcat, and Aristotle is a prairie dog who is seldom without his bag of books. These four, whose existence seems a secret from the majority of humans in the town of Spring Valley, advise Annie and Zach patiently and often. The children then proceed to live according to the virtue of the day, completing what they have begun.

Cast Edit

  • Andrew Francis as Zach Nichols
  • Adrienne Carter as Annie Redfeather
  • Christopher Judge as Plato
  • Michael Donovan as Socrates
  • Lee Tockar as Aristotle
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