- Mass Market Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: Ivy Books; December 1989 edition (October 30, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080410526X
- ISBN-13: 978-0804105262
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Of these "random jottings," PW said, "Fulghum does not express uncommon thoughts here: his thoughts are those we all wish were true." The book's tone is set by the title piece in which the author sets out his banal credos, ranging from "share everything" to "hold hands and stick together."
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Unitarian minister Fulghum has become something of a celebrity since a talk he gave at a primary school graduation ("Share everything. Play fair. . . . LOOK.") generated such interest that it ultimately found its way into "Dear Abby." Here is more of his philosophyalways go with dreams, imagination, hope, laughter, and loveaccompanied by random musings on dandelions, medicine cabinets, and the vices of excessive tidiness, which are quirky and often thought-provoking. Undergirded by his love for family and (loosely understood) for God, this makes refreshing reading. EC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
You get the idea. I was enchanted by this book. Typically, I find people who are confronted with things like this, which can be very corny but very wise at times, are either totally absorbed or revolted. It doesn't surprise me at all that average customer reviews for this book are either one star or five stars with few ratings in between.
But you should be aware of this book's content before you make up your mind. The book consists of anecdotes told from the perspective of Robert Fulghum, who has been a salesman and a Unitarian minster among other things. His perspective can get very mushy at times, such as when he talks about how in fall Nature gives him an Oriental carpet in his backyard.
And he can be very profound - like when he sees a kid hiding from his friends in a game of "Hide and Seek" in a place where no one will ever look. He compares this "go out a winner" attitude of the kid, whose friends almost give up looking for him, to the attitude a man with cancer had when he elected not to tell anyone close to him about his terminal illness.
It's difficult for me to describe everything found in this book. Perhaps the best summary is given by the title. If you're looking for something different to read, and aren't afraid to examine a cornier - but infinitely more profound - way of looking at the world, then you must read this book.
Finding fragments of our own lives in these pages is easy. Fulghum consolidated his extensive Credo of life into a simpler format, such as: "Remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned -- the biggest word of all -- is LOOK." Look both ways... look into the heart of the matter... look at yourself... look at history... look what happened... look at what you missed....
All of the kindergarten principles are found in the first three pages, and then Fulghum reveals how he applied these ideals throughout his life. One example is his encounters with a neighbor who was a "raker and a shoveler." He picked up the leaves and shoveled away the snow, but with the attitude of you "can't let old Mother Nature get ahead of you," and considered Fulghum to be a lazy neighbor. The leaves pile up, become mulch, and make more earth. The snow melts and feeds the land. Nature has taken care of itself for a long time. I imagined someone going into the woods and everywhere else, daily gathering leaves in a constant frustrating battle, and at season's change shoveling the snow from one place to another. Of course, I would want the leaves raked up and the snow shoveled off the driveway and sidewalk, but my dad, who understood the cycle, put the greens in the garden.Read more ›
finally, Yes I always buy lemonaid from kids on the street corner even if I have to circle the block. It's worth the smiles :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We can't review this other than the reviews we had read previously of the book. This is one of the books we ordered for a gift.Published 10 days ago by Jude Flynn
The world seems so wobbly, chaotic now. Terrible acts, terrorism, hate, violence, etc. I remembered this books title and thought- if only people would just BEHAVE and be KIND. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KK