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This book is a gentle reminder of a timeless rule for parent and child: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule. But what does it really mean? And how do you follow it? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means you "treat people the way you would like to be treated. It's golden because it's so valuable, and a way of living your life that's so simple, it shines." And though it may be a simple rule, it isn't easy to follow. Fortunately, following the Golden Rule is something everyone can do, which means that every person-old or young, rich or poor-can be a part of making the world a better place.
About the Author
Ilene Cooper has written many acclaimed children’s books, including Jewish Holidays All Year Round, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. She is an editor for Booklist and lives in Chicago.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper is a precious tale about how different cultures through the ages have used the same good-neighbor rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. A grandfather and his grandson spot a billboard that reads: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." When the boy asks his mentor what that means, it sparks a conversation about the Golden Rule. Why is it golden and whom is it for? Grandpa offers examples of the rule in action, reinforcing the concept that practicing the Golden Rule "begins with you" and extends to the community and, ultimately, the world. Over several beautifully-illustrated pages, Grandpa shares with his prodigy the wording of this universal rule across different religions, opening up a myriad of extension possibilities at home or in the classroom for reflective discussions, essay-writing, and cultural studies. Students can enjoy even more enrichment by looking for other ways of saying the Golden Rule. Pose the question, "How did Aristotle or Confucius say it?" Then ask your little reading partners to reword the Golden Rule for themselves.
An Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Children's Book Award winner in 2009. A grandfather helps his young grandson understand the Golden Rule across different cultures and religions. He helps him see that it means imagining how other people feel, treating people the way you would like to be treated, and that the rule is a valuable way of living. Wise grandfather who teaches an excellent lesson to his grandson.