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

Carol McCloud
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5 Dec 2013
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 15 US children's book award, including the Best Children's Picture Book in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award and Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival 2007.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Publishing (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978507517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978507510
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 26.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Times : ) 3 Mar 2009
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Based on a really good metaphor - the book tells us how people carry around buckets, when the bucket is full people feel good, when empty, it feels sad -
my young son really understands it well, and can talk to him about how he's feeling- how full his bucket is!, and filling peoples buckets (i.e. making someone happy by saying doing nice stuff to/for em), and about emptying peoples buckets (i.e. making them sad by being mean etc),
in the book its also shown how filling someone else's bucket also fills your own - though i suppose it could create a more selfish wish to fill the bucket, the end result is still good- and it is so true- i've so often found that willingly doing good for other people does feel good- as does people doin good for you : )
It also shows bullies may have empty buckets - and says they try to take from other peoples buckets to fill their own, but it doesn't work- emptying someone else's bucket empties, not fills their buckets..........

And theres a really sweet bit, where it suggest different ways of filling buckets, such as letting your grandad you like spending time with him, and suggesting they fill a bucket now - to tell your mum or dad you love them, and why you love them, and watch them smile as it fills your bucket :) (it works : ) .
This means this book is also good for teaching communication of feelings, appreciations which so many of us sometimes forget to do-(and how often does this cause problems in various relationships?,) as well as encouraging focusing on and appreciating the good in life which can also result in feeling happier.
I do change one thing when reading tho, instead of saying `you need others to fill your bucket and others need you to fill theirs', I say `other people can fill your bucket, and you can fill theirs', as surely we can fill our own buckets too if we have the right mindset??.... but apart from that, the book is pretty much spot on I think.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars have you filled a bucket today? 19 May 2013
By karen
Format:Paperback
I am a teaching assistant/ELSA and this book is brilliant. My children totally understood the concept of the story. It has made a difference for them to understand their actions towards others and express their own emotions. Would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Aug 2013
By Tilly
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I love this book - is a really great way to help children think about how they are making others feel. A lovely way of thinking of how you effect others. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bucket 29 May 2013
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This is a very original way of explaining things and applies to every day things very similar to a glass half empty but with a different twist that children can relate to great book and gives loads os ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 May 2013
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My two sons (7 and 9) "got" the message straight away. They absolutely loved the pictures and the meaning. My eldest son came home from school the day after we read it and said "someone filled my bucket today Mummy!". Lovely! I would definitely recommend this to all. A very uplifting and positive message which explains how our behaviour can impact on others and vice versa. Particularly good for children on the autistic spectrum.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple ideas are the best! 12 Jan 2013
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This book is quite well known,particularly in schools. It has a bit of an American slant to it but not to it's detriment.It makes an excellent stimulus for assemblies or PSHE lessons but equally would be great for sharing as a family. Children quickly latch on to the idea but watch out for comments everytime you pick up a real bucket!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books for children & adults 1 Nov 2011
By Jude
Format:Paperback
My son (aged 46) visited a friend with young children who had this book, he insisted I buy it although i have no young children, I found it a most beautifully written book that I would buy for any children, it has a way of life I think we should all live by,filling our bucket each day by helping others and helping them to fill their buckets with love and care. Having never heard of it before I would highly recommend every parent to buy for their children and too read themselves and to not have a beautiful feeling inside after reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sickly but effective! 9 Oct 2013
By Mooks
Format:Paperback
Wow - I read this and nearly filled a bucket myself and not in the way that the author intends! As an adult it does come across as extremely saccharine and 'American'.

HOWEVER, my 6 year old absolutely loves it - he'd heard it in school and begged me to buy it. It puts across in a visual and easy to understand way some pretty tricky concepts i.e if you are kind you make someone feel good and 'fill' their bucket, if you are unkind you become a 'bucket dipper' and empty the other person's bucket.

My son's class now discuss who has behaved well or poorly using the concepts from this book. I've also used this book in my own school with some children who have behaviour/social/friendship issues and it has proved to be extremely successful.

One issue I have, which has been picked up by another reviewer, is the page which says, 'You need other people to fill your bucket'. If we are trying to teach children emotional resilience and self-reliance, I think it's important that they can understand they can change their own feelings or 'fill their own bucket' too. Although this subject could probably be a whole book by itself.

As an adult this book doesn't have the 'cross generation' appeal of many others, however it clearly appeals to children greatly. In my opinion any book that encourages children to explore and understand their feelings and relationships with others is a valuable resource. I would definitely purchase again. It works equally well on a one to one basis at home as with a class or within a whole school assembly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 6 days ago by anne-marie bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging book
Great book for kids to understand how there behaviour effects each other
Published 21 days ago by Jo Renfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic book covering everything from acknowledging your...
Absolutely fantastic book covering everything from acknowledging your own achievements to recognising other peoples kindness. Really helpful part about bucket dippers and bullying. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Zoe Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book for school... Assemblies, PSHE, circle times, etching.
Published 22 days ago by Hayley Oliveri
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book to teach good values and morals
A lovely book to teach good values and morals. I would recommend it to parents, careers, people in education and childminders.
Published 1 month ago by N L Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
Super book. Drawings are clear and the story is lovely. Used in a reception class and then throughout the school.
Published 2 months ago by vivien
5.0 out of 5 stars Super S.E.A.L at school
After completing an Emotional Literacy course for her job my wife bought a copy of this book and has used it over and over in school. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. John A. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I bough for school for PSHE as I'm a teacher in the UK as I saw great reviews from US. I haven't used in the second year as some of my children took too literally.
Published 3 months ago by Caroline Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Bucket Full
Loved this book so much that I bought a copy for my daughter who is a teacher as I thought this would be very helpful to use at her school.
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Coote
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
This is my granddaughter's favourite bedtime story book. The idea of 'filling someone's bucket' is one that we now use at any time of the day - it is really helping her to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sunlight and Shadows
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