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The book is one of the highest-ranking (sales-wise) children's book on Amazon right now. It basically uses the metaphor of "filling a bucket" to convey the simple lesson of "doing unto others as you would want done to you." It reminds kids that they have the ability to "fill someone up" by being or saying something nice, or just the opposite. Kids find the repetitious metaphor easy to understand and employ. Schools have embraced this idea to communicate respect and responsibility toward others, and the book is used in anti-bullying campaigns in many school districts. It's won several dozen children's book awards!
This book visually conveys a message that is often difficult to explain
to children, about finding happiness through spreading happiness. Kids
understand it and love it, and it helps parents explain at a kid's level
why someone was mean to them.
-C Rogers, California
I bought this book for my two grandsons, ages 5 and 3, when they visited a few weeks ago. When I went to visit them last weekend, I was thrilled to hear their mom and them constantly referring to "filling someone's bucket." Both children understand that when you are being nice, you are filling other's buckets, AS WELL as your own, and that when being unkind, everyone's bucket gets emptied. I highly recommend it!
- J. Hesford
As a school counselor, I am always looking for ways to work with students to help them understand how their acts of kindness not only help others but help themselves. This is the first book I have come across the does this in such a magnificent way. I have read this book to all of our students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. I would highly recommend this book for parents, teachers, and counselors.
- J. Counselor, Western Wisconsin
I was sucked into the whole bucket thing because the corresponding program is what my elementary school is doing this year. We have the posters throughout the school, the assemblies, and the books. But, when it gets down to it, this simple little book packs a message that every kid needs to know. Because, despite what we think, too many kids need lessons in how to be kind.
- E. Taylor, Utah
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