Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

  • Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, children learn the meaning of the terms, bucket filling and bucket dipping and discover that when they fill someone's bucket, they fill their own.
  • winner of 15 Awards!
  • "Awesome anti-bully book!"
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Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

Winner of Fifteen Awards:

2007 - Best

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3 Responses to “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids”

  1. Sara Yashar says:
    94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fun and engaging way for children (and adults) to learn how to treat others, August 15, 2006
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    Sara Yashar
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    This review is from: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Paperback)
    The concept of bucket filling is one that kids can really understand and relate to. I read it to my three-year old, and now he asks for it every night. He loves the pictures and has even begun talking about bucket filling when he says something nice to someone. This book is a wonderful tool for families and teachers to give kids a visual way to think about kindness toward others. And it’s a good reminder for adults, too!

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  2. Bibliophile says:
    86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Okay, but not as good as “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids”, August 4, 2012
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    Bibliophile (OR) –

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    I had been looking for books I could use to teach my students about treating others kindly. I bought this book along with the book, “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids.” I was hoping it would have many suggestions of how kids can be “bucket fillers” by being kind to others and themselves. Unfortunately, it is more like a 2nd rate version of “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids.” This book EXPLAINS the bucket concept and TELLS kids how their actions affect others, whereas “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids” is an engaging story that SHOWS children what the bucket concept is all about and DEMONSTRATES how their actions can hurt or help others. I love “How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids” and intend to read it to my students, as I think it will be an effective teaching tool. Having purchased that book, this book is superfluous, and although I’ll include it in my classroom library, I’m wishing I had spent the money on something else.

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  3. Kali "Kali" says:
    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Misses a major point, July 16, 2013
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    Kali “Kali” (Pittsburgh, PA) –

    I found this book in a local bookstore where someone had left it on top of other non-related books. I flipped through it quickly and the messages I saw and the beautiful illustrations led me to make it an impulse buy.

    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.

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