Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth is a rare out of print book from the 19th century which Lamplighter has re-published. It is an amazing story about what good can happen when an individual has everything against him and yet he perseveres through it all. Ishmael is in every sense of the word a self-made man, an icon of the American dream. Because of his personal integrity and character, he can serve as a role model, especially for youth who are struggling to believe in their potential.
Themes: education; integrity; hard work; diligence; loyalty; duty; pride vs. humility; courage; self-discipline; self-discovery
Read with: A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations; The Way to Wealth; Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Carry on, Mr. Bowditch; The Agony and the Ecstasy
Principle: Hard work is indispensable to success.
1- Should Hannah have married Ruben? Why or why not? Why wouldn’t she?
2- In what ways does Ishmael work hard? What are some principles of work?
3- Is Ishmael’s character realistic? Why or why not? How can you be more like him?