Confucius: Great Teacher of China
Written and illustrated by Demi
“I was not born with knowledge, but I am quick to seek it.”
Confucius was born in 551 BCE, at a time of great war and famine in China. As he observed the suffering around him, he realized the best way to transform a society was to shift people’s thinking—to move them from callousness to compassion. So he became a teacher, and changed the world.
“Shall I teach you what knowledge is?”
Confucius taught students from all backgrounds, rich and poor. If rulers were good people—wise, trustworthy, and generous—they could lead by example, he said. He emphasized the values of virtue and tradition, propriety and humility.
“Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.”
Twenty-five hundred years later, Confucius’s ideas about education, government, right behavior, and compassion continue to inspire millions every day.
This beautiful biography provides a warm introduction to the philosopher some call “China’s uncrowned king.”
About the Creators
is the author and illustrator of more than one hundred books for children. Her works 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 holds a special place in her heart for Chinese culture and counts Su Dongpo among her heroes. She lives with her husband in Carnation, Washington.