Confucius (551 BCE - 479 BCE), revered ancient Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher, is known the world over. He grew up during a time of great suffering and warfare in China, and as a young b
Confucius (551 BCE - 479 BCE), revered ancient Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher, is known the world over. He grew up during a time of great suffering and warfare in China, and as a young boy, he loved books and learning. As a young man, he was troubled by the chaotic state of society. Confucius believed the whole structure of society must change, and that government reform was needed. He devoted his life to these causes. He taught the value of compassion and tradition. He taught morals, how to behave properly, the right and wrong way of being. He believed leaders needed to exercise self—discipline. They should be respectful, tolerant, trustworthy, and generous. In doing so, they would lead by positive example.
Confucius is one of the most influential thinkers in history, and his teachings, collectively known as Confucianism, have transcended the ages. His ideas continue to influence democratic ideals and serve as a guide to a moral and responsible life.
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
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with her husband in Carnation, Washington.