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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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I originally found out about bucket filling through author Carol McCloud's book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. It's a neat picture book explaining just what is the business of "Bucket Filling." If you've been using this story (or even if you haven't) to explain this wonderful metaphor, then you ABSOLUTELY need How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids.
What makes this book so special is the focus is on a boy, Felix, and what happens to his bucket throughout his day. He wakes up in the morning with a pretty full bucket. But he spills the cereal and his mom scolds him. Ouch, hurt feelings. DRIP. I loved watching the students' reaction to that word. They hadn't heard bucket filling described that way. Felix gets to school and has a series of negative encounters with kids. DRIP. DRIP. All those positive feelings he started with start going away until his bucket is almost empty. '
But then something happens to stop the DRIPS. Felix's teacher gives him a compliment. DROP. The class is supportive of him and praises his effort. DROP! He starts receiving compliments and acts of kindness from others as the school day continues. DROP! His bucket starts to fill back up with positive feelings.
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I'm pretty lukewarm on this book. Some sections do a good job communicating this theme. My son really likes the book.
Here's where I think the book is very unsuccessful: a whole lotta things get done by various characters in this book that are highly "bucket emptying" kinds of behaviors, but they go unacknowledged while every tiny thing Felix, the main character, does is either shamed or praised for its emptying or filling of buckets. There are two main examples of this:
- On the first page, Felix is nasty to his sister, who has asked nicely to play blocks with him. On the next two pages, she pleads her case, "I'll be careful" etc. Felix responds nastily to her and she responds by kicking over his block tower, blocks flying everywhere and the onomatopoeia "THWACK!" shown above her violent reaction. Turn the page to see Felix summoning Grandpa.
When Grandpa arrives on the scene, he is shown consoling...who? Felix, whose block tower was just destroyed by an outright naughty behavior of the sister? No. Grandpa is picking up sister for a snuggle and bitching out Felix for "dipping from your sister's bucket." Felix is in trouble for being nasty on the first two pages, but sister is being cuddled despite her far-greater-sin act of aggression. It doesn't make any sense at all and I think it can really confuse the message for a small child whose parents are reading him this book.Read more ›
However, I found [as did they] that this "Kids" version is aimed more at much younger readers. The general consensus is that the appropriate definition of "Kids" for this book is from 4-8 years, and not much more.
Perhaps a third version could be edited to target the early teens, when adolescent minds are developing to a stage of greater appreciation for key learnings such as this.
Overall, a good book but not for young readers over the ages of say 8 years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 3.5 year old loves this series. It's so much easier to teach them with a clear image. When he does something he doesn't want to do, I tell him he is dripping buckets. Read morePublished 1 day ago by belle
This book is great to help students understand what it is important to say helpful words rather than hurtful ones. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Alicia Clifford
Love this book!! I have it in my classroom and just gave it to my grandchildren. Their mom overheard one of her boys saying to his brother, who wasn't being very kind to him,... Read morePublished 21 days ago by E.M.
I absolutely love this book! I read it to my class and the kids really ran with the idea. They made a bucket to visually fill in class daily and they manage it themselves. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lizard