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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

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by Tom Rath

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An illustrated adaptation of the long-running bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? (more than 400,000 copies sold) for kids — told through the story of a boy who learns a valuable “bucket filling” metaphor and watches it come to life as the day unfolds.

Every moment matters.

Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.

In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers and family members. Before the day is over, you’ll see how Felix learns to be a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else’s bucket also fills his own.

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With a simple story about a young boy named Felix, the authors of this book teach a lesson that never dulls from reiteration: We affect the moods of others, just as their moods make us more happy or sad. A charming read-along for kids learning to be truly interactive.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 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

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Gallup Press
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10.26(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.45(d)
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership. He has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2007, The Economist listed his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 as the top-selling business book worldwide. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Rath is a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths and well-being. He has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.

Mary Reckmeyer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Gallup’s Donald O. Clifton Child Development Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Under her leadership, the center has received national attention for excellence in early childhood education, workplace contribution and developmental results and has helped thousands of children build their lives around their strengths. The center has served as a model for schools nationwide and as a training center for teacher development and education.

Reckmeyer has served as an Educational and Strengths-Based Development Consultant and Seminar Leader; studied talent-based interviews of more than 2,000 individuals, including children, teachers and parents; and helped create the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer, an assessment designed to identify talent in young people.

Reckmeyer is a former teacher who holds degrees in education and educational psychology. Her research has included youth strengths development, parents of minority achieving students, learning disabilities, educational programming and lifespan development. She has studied outstanding schools and has conducted formal research into what makes an outstanding child care center.

Reckmeyer and her husband live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and have four children.

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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
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I was looking for a book to help my six year old son understand positive and negative feelings. He was struggling socially with other kids at school. After reading the book, I started asking my son each evening to tell me three things that were a "drop in his bucket" (positive) at school. This really helped him focus his energy in a positive direction and not focus on his frustrations with other kids in the classroom. A few months have passed and the topic of "drops in his bucket" is still often brought up and discussed in our home. The concept of the story is applicable (and flexible!) to help explain so many new situations that my six year old encounters! It provides a way for him to break down and better understand situations that contend with feelings and emotions. I highly recommend this book to other families looking for a story that helps younger kids grow and begin to understand the feelings and emotions that are inside of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used this book in my 6th grade class as a character trait activity. The positive climate has increased because they comment on filling or dipping from "my bucket." It is a must read for families and classroom teachers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used this book as a lesson for my students. They enjoyed the book, and understood the lesson it was teaching. This was a great way to teach children to show kindness and love towards others. We use it as a great way to remind students when they are unkind to others that they are taking from other kid's buckets and how to fill each other buckets as well as their own with kindness towards others.
Flynn More than 1 year ago
My son is 6 years old and he love this book. The story is straight forward and very easy for him to understand. We used the bucket scenario all the time now to communicate.
NanaNF More than 1 year ago
It is summertime and our grandchildren are out of school with time on their hands. Time better spent reading good books with great messages. This book compliments The Seven Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. By the end of the summer our grandchildren will be better prepared to deal with the challenges the new school year brings.
Renee_in_Buffalo More than 1 year ago
I plan to use this book in my classroom in the fall at the beginning of the year. It teaches a valauable lesson about how to treat others. It is also great for a self esteem builder!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to use with my two boys as part of our Homeschool Curriculum once I saw that there was a web site dedicated to learning tools to go along with the book. The boys and I liked the book, overall. It does a good job of laying out how we should treat others and a great, vibrant illustrations to show that the way we treat others/speak to others can effect them as well as ourselves. I like that there is a website dedicated to extra info based on this book, however it would have been nice to just have a few crafts or projects or discussion question included at the end of the book to help further reinforce the story all in one place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found that book just perfect to pass the message to my 3-year and 4-year old boys? I fully recommend this book to every mother. Pictures keep them focused and help them understand the meaning of the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great way to teach your children some valuable life lessons!
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This is a great book to help children realize that we all react to others, and being aware of others feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought for grand daughter because it was read to them in school. She did make reference to the book in a situation that arose. It is a great book.
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