ISBN 0916392368 - One thing that I really like about this set of books is that the characters used to teach values are real, which makes it easier to "sell" the value to kids. 5 year olds will believe a cartoon dinosaur, but the older set, 9 and up, are harder and these books help!
Confucius was told by his father at a very young age that he would grow up to be a wise man, so he set out to educate himself. He read books and observed people and learned that honesty and integrity were very important. When the chance arose to teach his values to others, he did, and became so well known throughout China that he was sought after as an advisor. Before his death, he had many followers and those followers helped him to write down much of his knowledge to share with others.
At the end, there's some historical information about his life, making this a useful book for those biographical reports all kids have to do. One thing that every kid I know has caught on to, though - early in the book, Confucius doesn't know what wisdom is and he begins to "talk to" Sage, who is identified as Confucius' "own good thoughts" - so he's talking to himself... but Sage tells him what a wise man is. How does Sage know if Confucius doesn't?! Not important, though. The important thing is that it's a good story, with a great message and kids will read and remember it.