How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

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Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad — and how Felix himself is affecting ...

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Overview

Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad — and how Felix himself is affecting others, whether he means to or not. This beautifully illustrated adaptation takes the original book’s powerful message — that the way we relate to others has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives — and tailors it to a child’s unique needs and level of understanding.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620279
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 18,600
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Gallup Global Practice Leader Tom Rath has written two #1 international bestsellers. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and his most recent book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, is a long-running #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than a million copies and have made more than 100 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Rath has been with Gallup for 14 years and currently leads Gallup’s workplace research and leadership consulting worldwide. He also serves on the board of VHL.org, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support.

Rath earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mary Reckmeyer is the Executive Director of Donald O. Clifton Child Development Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Center has been in operation since 1982 and it is nationally recognized for excellence in early childhood education. Reckemeyer previously worked as a preschool and elementary school teacher and holds a doctorate in education. Her research focus is on child care centers, students strengths, and attachment.
Reckmeyer, her husband and their four children live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    GREAT BOOK FOR BUILDING SELF ESTEEM

    THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK TO HELP CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WHY OUR FEELINGS
    GET HURT. HOW THE JOY OR PAIN CAN BUILD IN A DAY BY HOW FULL OR EMPTY OUR BUCKET BECOMES. IT ALSO STRESSES THAT WE ARE ALL IN CHARGE OF KEEPING OUR BUCKET FULL.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

    Fabulous Book to Talk About Feelings

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    How Full is Your Bucker a must read!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Amazing - Great Lesson for All

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    GREAT BOOK FOR KIDS

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Great story with a wonderful message.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    Great for Kids and Teachers!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Great to use as a learning tool or as a conversation starter

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly recommended

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Great book for kids!

    This book is a great way to teach your children some valuable life lessons!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Wonderful book!

    This is a great book to help children realize that we all react to others, and being aware of others feelings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    highly recommend this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Loved it!

    It really helped me illustrate to my 8 year old how different things can affect how we feel and how we need to watch how we treat others. He loved it! The illustrations are wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Great for children of all ages!

    As an elementary classroom teacher, I use this book frequently to introduce students to the power they have to fill their own "emotional buckets" by filling those of others. I've also found it helpful to discuss how we choose our friends. For example, it's interesting to explore how the "popular" kids often are NOT those who fll our buckets (i.e., the "mean girls"). This book truly empowers children to nurture those around them while making good decisions that nurture themselves. The illustrations are clear and esciting, as is the author's message. This is a FABULOUS book!

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    Perfect!

    My children love this book (5 & 3 yrs). When things are not going well or one of them isn't being nice, all I have to say is, "How full is your bucket?" And attitudes change.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Bucket Filling 101

    How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer perfectly complements our Bucket-Filling mindset at our elementary school. It tells the story of Felix, a young lad who inadvertently dips out of his sister's bucket by telling her she's too little to play with him. When she retaliates, he gets a taste of how it feels when someone dips out of your bucket. Using the Bucket Filling and Dipping metaphor, Grandpa steps in to help the boy understand the effect that people's behavior can have on one another. Travel with Felix as his school family makes emotional deposits and withdrawals all day long; watch what happens as he starts to see the positive effects of Bucket Filling and the negative effects of Bucket Dipping, not only on others, but also for himself. Cleverly illustrated by Maurie J. Manning - who also illustrated another one of my favorites, Getting To Know Ruben Plotnick - this adaptation from the original adult version of the book conveys the Bucket-Filling notion so comprehensively and age-appropriately that kids will easily grab ahold of such an abstract concept and apply it to their daily lives - even the family dog has an invisible bucket. Why not check out this book; I enthusiastically recommend it for your character building.

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