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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Paperback – May 15, 2006
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A graduate of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990's, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.
Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.
Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida and spends summers in Brighton, Michigan.
Top Customer Reviews
When I read it to my daughter that evening, however, I found a major flaw in its premise. The book does a great job of creating the bucket analogy, but blatantly states that you need "others to fill your bucket". While it does circle back around to explain that filling the bucket of others (i.e. by being kind, helpful, etc.) can help fill the child's own bucket, I think it misses an important point - kids can fill their own buckets!
Unlike other reviewers, I didn't feel like it created co-dependence, but I do think it gives the message that a child needs the affirmation of others to have a full bucket. There is no mention of talking nicely to and about themselves, appreciating what they have, expressing gratitude for what they have, recognizing their own strengths and skills, seeing the beauty within themselves - all of which fill their own buckets.
I don't believe that one book will define a child, but this book certainly does loosely make the case for being approval and praise junkies - not a message I want my kid to take away from a book. It would have been a far better book if it had included the ways you can fill your own bucket, because there are times in life when that is the only way your bucket is going to get filled. And it would be a far better skill to have than waiting around for someone else to fill your bucket!!
Personally, I told my daughter flat out that the author made a mistake and we discussed all the ways one can fill their own bucket. Because of the beautiful illustrations and the springboard for the discussion, I left it at three stars. But I would not recommend this book to any parent unless they are willing to have more in-depth conversation about it.
This is one book every elementary teacher should have. And one book each teacher should discuss with their children.
For me it is a little cloying. It really hits you over the head with its good but simple message. But I am not a pre-schooler!
bucket filling, such as inviting a new kid to play,
and much more. I love this book and I want to share it
with everyone I know, especially families with kids. Based on the reactions of friends I've shown it to so far, the book has enormous appeal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great illustration to a very abstract concept for children...making others feel good. Children are very selfish by nature. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Emily
Such a sweet book. All my grandkids enjoy hearing it and it reminds us all to appreciate life.Published 2 days ago by Jane L.
A great message, a simple, fun way to open up a young kid's eyes to what it means to be kind and to in turn be grateful.Published 4 days ago by Jenn
This book is great for helping re-establish a classroom community. Even though it is kind of primary, I have seen this book reach kids as old as 4th grade. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kevan Miller
I work at a daycare and we implemented this into our system. The kids love to fill eachothers buckets now and are excited when they do something nice for one another.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you want a positive take on how we should treat one another this is the book for you. My five year old loves this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Florida2013