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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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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
Great book that countless teachers use to teach students about helping others. I highly recommend for all teachers and parents alike. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Daaser Netmgg
I'm a preschool teacher and I use this book as a tool to encourage respect and care towards others. It has a powerful message, written in a way that young children can relate to.Published 6 days ago by Courtney Knutila
A constant rule in my class is to be "kind." I plan to use the principles of this story to encourage and model what kindness looks like when we fill each other's bucket.Published 7 days ago by M. Flinn