The Golden Rule, Hardback Book
4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" - everybody knows the Golden rule.

But where does it come from and why is it important?

It's easy to say, but what does it mean? Why is it called Golden? Do people all over the world follow it? A grandfather explains to his grandson the importance of this simple rule and demonstrates the wonderful effect following it.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, cl38/ bw /38 tt illustrations, cl / bw / tt photographs
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780810909601



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This is a story of a young boy and his grandfather who take a journey down a sidewalk reading various versions of the golden rule--Treat Others As you would like to be treated. The boy and his grandfather come across many versions from several cultures and religions, yet they all mean the same thing.

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In this simple story, a grandfather teaches his grandson the meaning of the golden rule after his grandson asks him to read the maxim written on a billboard. The grandfather proceeds to discuss the meaning by examining how the sentiment shows up in the great books and philosophies of the major world religions. The conversation continues as the young boy attempts to make sense of it in the world today and wonders how he might participate. The accompanying illustrations draw on artistic motifs of Judiaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Shawnee tribe. Each page is so gorgeously rendered in rich textures many could stand on their own as singular art works. The message and the art combined make this a five star work without a doubt.

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The golden rule is practiced in many reilgions. By doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, people would live in peace and harmony. Following this rule may not always be easy, but it will make you a better person. It starts with you! I think all children should learn this rule at a young age. The earlier you practice it, the more natural it becomes.

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This book is about a little boy and his grandpa discussing the golden rule. The talk about what it means and how to practice using it. The book also introduces different religions, showing that many religions practice the same rule. Even though the rule sounds simple it is still sometims very hard to follow.Genre: Realistic FictionAge(s): 6-10

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This book really had a good message: the golden rule. I really liked how the book evaluated the rule from different religions, giving everyone the reason to practice the golden rule. I also really liked how there were questions in the book, real questions that children might ask. This was an all around good book to help introduce the golden rule. The illustrations in this book are also noteworthy and add to the imagination and easy conversation between the grandfather and boy.

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