The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule


$16.67 $17.95 Save 7% Current price is $16.67, Original price is $17.95. You Save 7%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Thursday, September 19


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810909601
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 154,447
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ilene Cooper is the award-winning writer of many acclaimed children’s books, including Jewish Holidays All Year Round, A Woman in the House (and Senate), and Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice. She lives in Highland Park, Illinois. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @Booklist_Ilene.

Gabi Swiatkowska is an illustrator, author, and musician. She has received many awards for her work, including a Caldecott nomination, the ALA Notable Children’s Book list, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Golden Rule 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BarbaraG More than 1 year ago
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.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
feboudre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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
ktibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandra_McGuire More than 1 year ago
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.