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The Golden Ruleby Ilene Cooper
Synopses & Reviews
Francisco is finally old enough to journey to the mango grove all by himself to gather the mangoes for a special dinner. But bees swarm the fruit, and Francisco has trouble picking them from the tree. He returns to his father several times, and each time his father shares a different proverb to inspire Francisco to continue trying. "Querer es poder. Where there's a will, there's a way!" Finally, Francisco is able to gather some mangoes, and on his way home he stops to visit his uncle, grandmother, and aunt. Francisco shares his mangoes with them, and by the time he gets home he no longer has any! "Es mejor dar que recibir. Sometimes it's better to give than to receive."
Luckily for Francisco, his generosity does not go unnoticed. "Amor con amor se paga. Love is repaid with love."
Readers are sure to be charmed by this humorous story about problem solving and sharing. The book includes a glossary of Spanish words.
"Visually energetic paintings and a reassuring story fortify Cooper's (Jewish Holidays All Year Round) assertion (in an author's note) that the Golden Rule is an 'underlying moral principle found in almost every religion and culture.' A boy and his grandfather observe the phrase 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' on a billboard and begin to discuss the meaning of the words. By turns philosophical and literal, the grandfather explains that the rule is simple but not easy, that it holds true for children as well as adults, and that at its core the rule is 'golden because it's so valuable, and a way of living your life that's so simple, it shines.' Woven into this intergenerational exchange, Cooper offers interpretations of how the rule is stated in the holy books of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and other major religions. As complement, Swiatowska (My Name Is Yoon) serves up elegant, textured imagery from each religion and warm portraits of grandfather and grandson in her arresting illustrations. Though the text slightly devolves into didacticism when the boy and his grandfather discuss putting the rule into practice, many readers will appreciate the otherwise straightforward tone and universality of the material, and may well ponder the book's message. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule, but what does it really mean? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Full color.
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.
About the Author
Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and performance artist based in Los Angeles and is the author of La Noche Buena: A Chirstmas Story. Sebastià Serra lives with his family in a village near Barcelona, Spain.
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