Confucius: The Golden Rule
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America's premier biographer for young people illuminates the remarkable life and far-reaching influence of the famous Chinese philosopher.

Born in China in 551 B. C., Confucius rose from poverty to the heights of his country's ruling class. But then he quit his high post for the life of an itinerant philosopher. "The Analects" collects his teachings on education and govern...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Jay
I thought that this book did a good job of presenting an overview of Confucius' life given the fact that he lived 2500 years ago. It combines some history of China with some anecdotes about Confucius. His sayings are interspersed amongst the biography (a book that only consists of his sayings would not be appealing to children).

The illustrations wonderfully combine framed paintings that appear to be ancient with parts of plants (actual ones, not painted) - the combination restores life to old sc...more
Samantha Meyer
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Confucius: The Golden Rule by Russell Freedman is the biography about Kong Qiu or Confucius as he is know in the West. The biography starts off with an introduction about Confucius and what is known to be fact vs what people speculate about. Then begins the look into Confucius' life starting with his mother and father and the good omen that his mother received before having him. At 15 Confucius knew that he wanted to be a scholar and began his learning. As he gained knowledge he realized...more
Adam Bakken
I feel that this book would be better suited in classrooms aged 10 and up. This book is about Confucius, the Chinese philosopher that lived over 2500 years ago. The book begins introducing who Confucius is, then tells the legend of his life. The book attempts to be as historically accurate as possible, and mentions when it covers parts of his life and legend that are more legend than fact. It tells of his life, how at 15 he knew he wanted to be a scholar, and how he became fed up with the govern...more
Cheryl
Interesting look at the life of Confucius. I realized how little I really knew about him as I read this book.

"Tradition tells us that Confucius was a large man possessed of great physical strength. He has been described a a homely giant with warts on his nose, two long front teeth that protruded over his lower lip, and a wispy beard. What people remembered most, however, wasn't his odd appearance but his undeniable charm."

The art is sophisticated and I liked the addition of real life fruit, veg...more
Sarah Maddaford
It's kind of long with pictures that aren't all that interesting. I like all the sayings and the fact that the author actually visited Confucius's home town, but the book was a bit boring. I'm not sure what age group would pick this up for anything other than a research report, but I'm not sure how useful this book would be for that. I was especially confused by the random fruits and flowers overlaid on the illustrations. Were they part of the Chinese tradition of Confucianism or just an added f...more
Rachel
Biographical Picture Book: Russell Freedman discusses Chinese philosophers life in the biographical picture book, Confucius: The Golden Rule. The title of the book comes from the pre-Christianity idea of "Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself." The book begins with other wise thoughts of this ancient philosopher by listing famous quotes. The book discusses the early poorer life of Confucius, onto his ruling days, and then his philosophical settling. The book is simply written...more
Amy
"Confucius: The Golden Rule" is a memior book. The age group for this book would be primary to intermediate. The book tells all about Confucius and all about their life. What they did so special and how it effected other people. I know alot of people that are effected everyday by Conducius and reading this book made me understand why.

I reviewed this book at 4 stars. I personal think that the author could have made the book more interesting. This book was very well written but it could have been...more
Jill
This is a great book about who Confucius really was - so often we're told he is the sage that teaches religious virtues, and so he did, but predominantly, he taught people how to be good statesmen, how government should work, and petitioned for years for the opportunity to implement his ideas of good government. He encouraged people to act like gentlemen (or ladies), that it was something that you are based on your actions, not your nobility of birth, but your nobility of character. I enjoyed it...more
Jon Cone
The illustrations in this book are worthy of deep meditation. Freedman's text is clear, elegant, wide-ranging, and poignant. Freedman's Confucius is made a living, breathing man of great compassion and profound purpose. I didn't hold out much for this book, when I picked it up on a whim at a local bookstore 20% off table. Yet I discovered it to be a most charming book that was highly informative, and written in a style that is its own deep reward.

Highly recommended.
Emily
This biography of Confucius is a great one for upper elementary, middle, and even high school kids who need a short biography for a book report. This one isn’t long, but it has a lot of information, a lot of quotes, and a lot of speculation about what we know and think we know about Confucius. Russell Freedman is known for his outstanding biographies, and this one is no acceptation.

Nancy
I wish I had known about this author when I was helping my kids with school work. His books are well done and informative. There are quite a few of them as well and they give good information on important topics of interest. For my book club we were told to read ANY book by Russell Freedman. You can too...
Kari
Fascinating telling of Confucius that gives him dignity and reveals how progressive he was, more than 2500 ago. His influence, still seen today, is inspiring. And yet, to him, he was a failure as his dream was to be active in government. He was ahead of his time. I will never make another "Confucius say ..." joke.
Jessie Pate
An interesting and informative biography of Confucius--I never knew much about him and enjoyed this introduction to his life. The illustrations are reminiscent of Chinese art from the time period, almost ghostly. The text was a bit on the long side, and lost interest after his death.
Thomas Andrikus
One of the most simple introductions to Confucianist philosophy, it elaborates how the words of this wise sage still rings true in democratic and secular societies today.
Amanda Cone
This book had wonderful illustrations and did not talk down to children. I like that the author assumes that children have intelligence. I will be adding this to my library.
Bullcitytaheel
Dec 19, 2008 Bullcitytaheel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children through adult
Great introduction to Confucius. Lots of illustrations, but meatier than a typical picture book. I will keep my eye out for any work by Russell Freedman.
S10_Helena
Genre: non-fiction
Format: picture book
Grade level: middle school
Mckinley
Good job explaining life and age that Confucius lived in.
Beth
Picture Book/Non-fiction
Ages:10-13
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre...more
More about Russell Freedman...
Lincoln: A Photobiography Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) The War to End All Wars: World War I

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