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Confucius : great teacher of China / Demi.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, 2016.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm
General Note:
In-house editor, Cheryl Klein.
"An illustrated biography of Confucius (551 BCE-479 BCE), the ancient Chinese teacher, politician, thinker, and philosopher known for his popular aphorisms, his emphasis on education and study, and his models of social interaction. Includes a map and author's sources"--Provided by publisher.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 8+


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Material Type
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181.112 CON DEM Book Junior Collection

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His sayings are repeated throughout the world. His teachings set the course of Chinese society for two and a half millennia. But Confucius (551 BCE#65533;e"479 BCE) remains merely a name to many readers, rather than the central figure of world history that he deserves to be. Now award-winning author-illustrator Demi illuminates his life and influence in this elegant biography that will appeal to readers of all ages.

Confucius loved books and learning, but he grew up during a time of great suffering and warfare in China. Troubled by the chaos he saw all around him, he devoted his life to reforming his society and government, with ideas about education and leadership that still resonate today. He encouraged everyone#65533;e"especially rulers#65533;e"to live moral lives, emphasizing the value of tradition and compassion. And five hundred years before Jesus set forth his Golden Rule, Confucius declared his Golden Mean: #65533;eoeNever impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.#65533;e

Author Notes

p> DEMI is an author and illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, mostly biographies and folklore. She is known for her perceptive texts and elegant illustrations with golden accents, and her books have received numerous awards and accolades, among them ALA Notable Children's Books, The New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Notable Books for a Global Society, American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, the Middle East Book Award, and the Christopher Award, which recognizes individuals whose work makes a positive difference in the world. Demi has traveled extensively and studied art in Mexico, India, and China. She lives
with her husband in Carnation, Washington.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Illustrating in a delicate style that strongly evokes her ancient Chinese setting, Demi introduces the life and teachings of Confucius (known as Kongzi in China), blending facts and legends surrounding the educator and philosopher. Mythical stories surround Confucius's birth ("One adds that a comet, two protective dragons, and five old men representing the planets and stars appeared in the sky to celebrate"), and Demi explains how his desire to bring order to the social and political turmoil of his era led him to enter government. But his true triumphs came through teaching, and Demi incorporates his philosophies throughout ("In both government and private life, perhaps the most important word to Confucius was shu... which means 'compassion' or 'open-heartedness' "), giving readers a rich understanding of his beliefs and impact. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.