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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
I found this book in a local bookstore where someone had left it on top of other non-related books. I flipped through it quickly and the messages I saw and the beautiful illustrations led me to make it an impulse buy.

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.
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2006
The concept of bucket filling is one that kids can really understand and relate to. I read it to my three-year old, and now he asks for it every night. He loves the pictures and has even begun talking about bucket filling when he says something nice to someone. This book is a wonderful tool for families and teachers to give kids a visual way to think about kindness toward others. And it's a good reminder for adults, too!
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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2012
I had been looking for books I could use to teach my students about treating others kindly. I bought this book along with the book, "How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids." I was hoping it would have many suggestions of how kids can be "bucket fillers" by being kind to others and themselves. Unfortunately, it is more like a 2nd rate version of "How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids." This book EXPLAINS the bucket concept and TELLS kids how their actions affect others, whereas "How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids" is an engaging story that SHOWS children what the bucket concept is all about and DEMONSTRATES how their actions can hurt or help others. I love "How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids" and intend to read it to my students, as I think it will be an effective teaching tool. Having purchased that book, this book is superfluous, and although I'll include it in my classroom library, I'm wishing I had spent the money on something else.
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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Words hurt. That's the simple truth. And bullies abound no matter what the age. If we can teach young children the power of words and teach them to use those words carefully, we can change the future of America.

This is one book every elementary teacher should have. And one book each teacher should discuss with their children.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2007
This book visually conveys a message that is often difficult to explain to children, about finding happiness through spreading happiness. Kids understand it and love it, and it helps parents explain at a kid's level why someone was mean to them. It is definitely one to read and re-read and I only wish it came in hardback to withstand the use!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2009
I bought this based on the excellent reviews here and my 4-year-old daughter loves it. She asked to read it over and over and really "gets" the message about trying to be nice to others to feel good about yourself. She even asked to take it to school to read with her preschool class and asked me to draw a picture of her and me under a rainbow holding hands and filling each other's buckets.

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!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2006
This book talks about how we can each fill each others buckets (a very nice metaphor beautifully illustrated with words and drawings). How do we become "bucket fillers"? By simple things like saying something kind, smiling, showing love, and making others feel special. The book gives great examples of

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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2007
This book was propped up on display at the bookstore and the title was interesting enough, so I picked it up. I immediately could tell that the message was simple and clear and bought the book, even though we have plenty of books (so many that I usually can't justify buying another). I personally don't find many children's book all that great. Either the story is dumb or the wording is dumb, or there is no point. This one is really enjoyable for me to read because they learn from it each time, and even after the first time I read it to my 4 year old, she started talking about things that we shouldn't do that can hurt other people's feelings and "dip" from their bucket. The idea of a bucket of our "good feelings and thoughts" about ourselves creates a visualization my kids can relate to and understand clearly. This goes on my personal list of maybe 20 books I love to read my children.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2011
I read the description of the book and a few reviews and really liked the concept. I read the book first when it arrived and thought it was probably a bit premature for my 2 year old and did not expect her to understand the message but maybe like the pictures, go over the colors, what she sees, etc.

We read this book a couple of times when to my surprise, one day my daughter gave me a kiss and a hug and said "I fill bucket." I was floored! Being objective, my child is cute, fun and smart but I would not say she is overly advanced and that's why I was so taken aback by her statement! I thought it was well beyond her level of understanding but she proved me wrong. There must be something in this book that captures a child's attention and drives the message home. This will be a constant in out reading routine and list of books we will continue to read over and over.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2009
Wow-I was very impressed after reading this book to my 8 & 6 yr old girls. It was very well written, extremely touching and explains how we can make people feel good every day.
The book explains that we all ~everyone~ has an invisible bucket that can be filled or emptied based on what you do for them. A smile, a hello and kind words fill their buckets. It also explains how we have the power to empty peoples buckets by not being so nice.
My girls are really into "filling buckets" of everyone they come in contact with now. Great book for children and parents--dont miss this one.
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