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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids Hardcover – April 1, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; unknown edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620279
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cannot even begin to describe the healing power of bucket filling in my own school. As an elementary school counselor, it's the #1 way I usually deal with kids when it comes to oh....EVERYTHING. I've taught this metaphor for years and it is built into our thinking and language. The kids use it for problem solving, bullying, friendship issues, home problems, helping others, expressing a need, describing their feelings, talking about a hurt and much more. Relationships are strengthened when students choose to live their lives by this philosophy.

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. '
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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.
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Just bought this today on a trip over to Gallup University in Omaha. I read it to my kids tonight (daughter, 7 - son, 4). They both really liked it and we had a great little discussion about the meaning of buckets and how it feels to fill and spill your bucket and the buckets of others. They both understood it very well. I recommend it for kids of all ages. I bought one for my mom too - she's a very inspirational person, mother, teacher, grandmother. It makes a great gift. I'm thinking it will make a great teacher's gift for my daughter's teacher too!
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I am the parent of a 4.5 year old boy. He is an only child. He has always been prone to negativity and it has been hard on the household, dealing with that day after day since he was a baby. A friend recommended this book as a teaching tool to help him understand better how his behavior and attitude affects people around him.

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.
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This book has given us a shorthand at home to help our kids check in on whether they are being a bucket filler or bucket leaker with their actions. My 4 year old will catch herself filling someone's bucket and let me know. I love how conscious they have become about the effect of how they treat others through this engaging story.
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Having read the full version of this great book, I brought the "Kids" version in the hope that my 10 & 12 year old daughters would derive similar learnings.

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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