Confucius by Russell Freedman
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 government, the definition of nobility, the equality of man and the right way and purpose of living, ideas that eventually spread to the West and influenced the great thinkers of the Enlightenment. And five centuries before Christ, Confucius set forth his own Golden Rule: "Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself."
 

About Russell Freedman

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Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books. Frederic Clement is a designer, writer, illustrator of books, and all-around maker of marvels. His work has received enough awards to fill a treasure chest, several hatboxes, and a painted wagon or two. When not traversing the Milky Way or dabbling among the clouds, he lives near Paris, spinning his beautifully illustrated tales.
 
Published March 1, 2002 by Arthur a Levine. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Law & Philosophy.

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Readers learn that Confucius was “very ugly, a huge bawling infant with a twisted nose and a strange bulge on his skull.” They learn that vendors in Qufu, the capital city, sold bears’ paws, shark fins, the livers of peacocks, bees fried in their own honey, and other delicacies, and that politica...

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Living in a time of corruption and unrest, when feudal lords fought among themselves, taxes were high and peasants often starved, he believed ''the right to govern .

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The author reports that, when a disciple told the scholar that he did not know how to describe his teacher to a local governor, Confucius said, "Why didn't you tell him that I'm a man driven by such passion for learning that in my enthusiasm I often forget to eat, in my joy I forget to worry, and...

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