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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.
Here comes my favorite part.Read more ›
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.
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Just received this book - the "peak inside" feature almost killed it for me, as well as some other reviews about it giving "mixed" signals. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Portia
the adult book may be better but I was not impressed with this book. I think it is too abstract of a message for a 5 year old.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Use for work/ culture change initiatives in adult work place.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read this to my daughter every few nights. She has really taken to this story and look at other's differently. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book, read it to my class and they responded very positively. I would recommend it to anyone with children.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book. Helps teach them about their feelings and others feelingsPublished 1 month ago by RN mom of 4