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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Based on the author's adult work How Full Is Your Bucket? (Gallup, 2004), this book explains that we all have invisible buckets of water over our heads. The negative actions of others toward us can empty the buckets, and our own meanness toward them can deplete their vessels, too. Positive actions reverse the process. Felix refuses to allow his sister to play blocks with him. When she angrily kicks over his tower, his grandfather explains that Felix dipped from his sister's container. The next morning Felix actually sees a bucket floating over his own head, and during the course of the day, as he is alternately bullied and praised, he realizes what causes it to be empty or full. This story is so heavy-handed and didactic that children are likely to find it laughable. Neither Felix, his sister, nor even their dog is a likable character, and the floating buckets over everyone's head look just plain silly.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ END
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When Felix wakes up one morning, he finds an invisible bucket floating overhead. A rotten morning threatens his mood - and his bucket - drop by drop. Can Felix discover how to refill his bucket before it's completely empty?
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BUT...on the flip side, the book also shows the effects of behavior on people, and I wish it had another message, like "Even if someone does something that would empty your bucket, don't let them empty your bucket!"
Shouldn't we teach children how to not get affected by the behavior around them, whether positive or negative? In other words, if we can teach our children to not become dependent on praise or internalize negative behavior, they'll be well-balanced individuals. You can't control what other people do. Everyone would have to read this book and follow the positive behavior recommended by the book. Well, kid, that's not how the world works.
How about teaching our children that their happiness is dependent on themselves - doing the "right thing", making socially beneficial choices, taking good care of their mental and physical health, enjoying every little aspect of life, including the downturns, which is part of being alive! - how about that?
Luckily, I read the book before reading it to my 4 year old. I think the author has good intentions, but I don't agree with his one-sided approach. I wish there was a book that addressed treating other people kindly, but also not getting affected by another person's actions.
Super bummed, because it wasn't a cheap book. Definitely not worth the money or the space on a bookshelf