The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule spreads the message of kindness across generations.


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.” The book reveals versions of the Golden Rule found in many cultures and religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam. Following the Golden Rule is something everyone can do, which means that every person—old or young, rich or poor—can help make the world a better place.

The Golden Rule is used by schools, places of worship, and, of course, in families as a place to start discussing empathy, tolerance, and connection. It also offers ideas of ways to put the Golden Rule into practice. 

Product Details

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers
March 1, 2007 | 40 pages | Ages 4–8


Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska 


Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007

National Association Parenting Publications 
    Gold Award, 2007
The Book Award for Best Children's 
   Literature on Aging for Elementary Readers, 

"Visually energetic paintings and a reassuring story fortify Cooper's assertion that the Golden Rule is an 'underlying moral principle found in almost every religion and culture.'"
Publishers Weekly


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