The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Author: Spencer Johnson
Illustrator: Stephen Pileggi
Published: 1977 Value Communications
ISBN: 0916392066


With cartoony illustrations and stripped down stories the ValueTales Series of books use imaginitive devices to introduce young readers to historical figures and the personal attributes that helped them make a difference in their worlds.

If you are curious about the fate of the ValueTales, you can listen to an interesting interview about an attempt to revive these books on Mark’s ElectricSky podcast.


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November 15, 2006 @ 10:13 am

Children’s Book Week: The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur…

One book stands out as the one I asked my mom to read to me until the binding fell apart, even after I had it memorized, even after I was well old enough to read it myself. It was The…

Comment by Lisa Hill

December 26, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

Hi there, Can you please give me an approximate price on these series of Louis Pasteur’s books.

If I remember correctly there is more than 1 book and I would like to introduce theses series to my children.

Kind Regards
Lisa Hill

Comment by Just One More Book!!

December 28, 2006 @ 10:40 am

Hi Lisa,

The Value Tales Series is a series. However, only one of the books in the series is about Louis Pasteur.

The books are out of print. Prices for the books vary widely in used book stores, ebay etc.

To hear the book discussion, you can click the play icon “>” to the right of the “speaker” icon, above.

Hope this helps,

Comment by jason

March 6, 2007 @ 11:03 pm

Hello, I actually had this book read to me as a child, and was happy to see it still around. I guess you could say it paid off as now I find myself in medical school learning about the relevance of Mr. Pasteur. I thought I would share an interesting sidenote about his tail; the boy he first injected with the seroconverted rabbit CSF (rabies cure) actually turned out to be a guard for the Pasteur familie’s tomb. When the Nazis came to rob the tomb the boy (well, man by now) locked himself in the tomb and sadly took his own life.
Well, I hope it is not too depressing, but I found it an intersting end to a story I had known since I was a boy.

Comment by Rachel

June 9, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

Is this the book where the kid taunts the mean, rabid dog through the fence with a stick and then gets bitten? Is there a page where all the colorful, little germs are drawn marching with weapons? If not, does anyone know the book I’m trying to describe?

Comment by Just One More Book!!

June 10, 2009 @ 5:58 am

Yes it is, Rachel.

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