- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: BUCKET FILLERS; 10th Anniversary ed. edition (1 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099609993X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996099936
- Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 0.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have You Filled A Bucket Today? Paperback – 1 Oct 2015
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A graduate of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counselor, youth mentor, and early education director. As Adjunct Professor for the Florida Keys Community College in the 1990's, Carol taught early childhood development classes and served as president of the local NAEYC affiliate.
Carol is an award-winning author, Talent Smart® Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer, and member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She delights in presenting the bucketfilling message to audiences of all sizes and ages. Her passion for bucket filling, energetic style, and creative storytelling is true to her goal: to motivate each person to make a choice to be a bucket filler in their daily walk.
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A concept that helps all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, all leading to a happier life
In early 2006, there was not one children’s book on the subject of 'bucket filling.' Teachers were looking for tools to address the problem of bullying and bucket filling proved to be a positive, proactive, and effective solution that quickly spread from one 'bucketfilling school' to another.
Fast forward ten years and an entire publishing house, Bucket Fillers with its imprint, Bucket Fillosophy, is dedicated to teaching this concept with books, products and presentations. Today, more than a dozen bucketfilling books for all ages have been published in multiple languages with more than two million copies sold. Thousands of schools around the world use bucket filling as a main component of their character development program.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
The book that started it all
This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by 'filling buckets.'
Not just for kids
Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy.
Fill a bucket every day
Kindness and respect of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves.
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All that said, the message and original concept of this book fully warrants it's awards. But you have to read to a kid that is the perfect age. After they get older they might actually find this bucket analogy a little confusing. I am thinking it might have helped if it were an object that could take on it's normal role in the metaphor. The things done with this bucket in this story...I am not sure my son will ever see it as similar to his bucket he plays with in the bath. Making it a hypothetical bucket, and then outlining the rules of that bucket for over ten pages, is not exactly the idea kid's book formula.
Hopefully when my son gets older this will all makes sense to me and him both, and this bucket will help him remember to be kind to those around him, but I have my doubts. Quite frankly, the book lays out a complicated scenario, if you really think about it. I mean, is a kid supposed to take notes on all the possible pros and cons of being nice to folks? I know, I'm reading way into a book that is for kids, but I am very curious at what age any of this makes sense to my son at all, and if that will happen before he loses interest in a book that seems to just be about buckets. It's not like it's about balls, trucks, or cats. Sure, it's about kindness...but maybe this is best for kids who are just starting to read books on their own. In that context maybe they will have the room to ponder the book's advice, but it just doesn't seem very compelling for a broad age range of kids.
As for the book itself, it's very nicely made. It will definently survive my 4 year old reading it alone. He's gentle so if your child is still rough, this may be a parent and them type adventure. The colors and drawings are beautifully executed and there are no errors that I noticed up front.
The concept of the story is awesome. I've heard of this before but I love how it's illustrated for younger children. I disagree with other parents who complained the book didn't explain about "filling your own bucket" because that's something YOU should be going into depth with. This book can't cover EVERYTHING but it opens a GREAT conversation with you and your children. This book gives you key words to work with and they even have additional free printouts available on their website. There are other books in the series that seem like they will be also fun to explore.
I would reccomend this to parents who are trying to teach manners, emotions, and possibly as a tool to explain mean people or sad people.
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