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The Golden Rule Hardcover – March 1, 2007
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About the Author
Gabi Swiatkowska won the Ezra Jack Keats Best New Illustrator Award from the New York Public Library for her first book. This is her second book. She lives in New York City and travels often.
Top Customer Reviews
The conversation takes place as the boy and his grandfather stroll down the street, then sit on a park bench. So it breaks still another rule: children's books need action. Why it works, I believe, is the solemnity of the lesson. The boy is delighted to be the center of attention, to hear important information, ancient information. A child reader will identify with this moment, when something important is being taught, when the boy wants to respond with the proper gravity. "I wonder how things would change if everyone lived by the Golden Rule," says the grandfather. "I think people would be nicer," says the boy. "Kinder."
The pages are beautifully textured with layers of paint and fascinating detail. Beasts and deities of the world's religions float in the background, as if part of the boy's and the grandfather's imaginations. Portraits of the boy and his grandfather are sensitively done, sometimes bleeding off the page, leaving only one side or the top half of a face, giving the effect of capturing a moment.
This "telling" book with lush illustrations will give children and their parents much to discuss and think about.
Now, I'm not saying that the references to religion should have been excluded entirely, merely that the inclusion of them in the authors note at the end of the book would have been sufficient to provide an opportunity to continue the discussion with your children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a beautiful book! From message to illustrations, Ilene Cooper's The Golden Rule is pure gold.Published 20 days ago by KT
What a stunning and powerful book. I can think of many ways to share it.Published 22 days ago by flan327
The illustrations and wording in this book, though lovely to many adults, isn't necessarily appealing to small children.Published 6 months ago by Emily
Many children have been enriched by this book, including two classes of school children. It has become a classic in our family.Published 7 months ago by Carol Andrews
it might have been because this book was hyped up a LOT for me, but i thought it didn't really treat religion seriously when it had a great opportunity to.Published 7 months ago by Stevie J.
Beautiful edition, moving pictures, classic. Just beautiful. I have it in my office waiting room.Published 8 months ago by Sherry A. Lewis
if children are read this book every day when they are little it would be automatic how they would treat others.Published 10 months ago by zelma lavin