"Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself."
This was one of the guiding principles of life that Confucius taught his followers, five centuries before Jesus taught the Golden Rule with similar words. His principles of fair government influenced the very writers and thinkers who, thousands of years later, would develop the democratic ideals of our own government. And yet, today, in the western world, the great Chinese philosopher is still commonly portrayed as a comic sage, a loony philosopher whose remarks always begin "Confucius say."
Renowned biographer Russell Freedman's fascinating, witty introduction to the life and teachings of Confucius should finally set the record straight. Using the rigorous, lively technique that his readers have come to expect, Freedman traveled to China's Shandong province to visit Confucius's birthplace, interviewed his descendants, and plumbed the famous Analects — the teachings of the sage, written down by his followers.
"Makes the ideas of an ancient philosopher seem so modern and fascinating to young readers . . . . Fluent, clear, lively, and specific."— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Will open new doors for young readers"— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Freedman compellingly conveys the profundity of his thoughts . . . . Clément's illustrations are superb."— School Library Journal, starred review
"Freedman's Confucius jumps off the page as a fiery revolutionary. . . . A masterful account." — Booklist, Starred Review