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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Paperback – 5 Dec 2013

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nelson Publishing (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978507517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978507510
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 26.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol McCloud, a.k.a. the "Bucket Lady", has captivated all ages and encouraged them to become daily bucket fillers since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006.

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.

Carol lives with her husband, Jack, in Venice, Florida and spends summers in Brighton, Michigan.

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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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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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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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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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Absolutely excellent book, very clear messages to children when read to. Would certainly recommend as part of a phse or self esteem session
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Have read this with my three boys today (ages 6, 4 and 4), and while it doesn't probably bear much re-reading because it is not a story, but a "lesson" (once imparted, you apply the learning), I was quite pleased with how it is told. You know, American produce can sometimes be a bit unpalatable to English ears and sensibilities, so it's always a risk, but I think the message survived the expression here. Essentially, it promotes the idea to children that they have the choice, and the power, to either fill their day (and self) with good things, or with unkind and unhappy things. Our boys' primary school teachers talk to our children about making "good choices" or "bad choices" when they have broken a rule or done something unkind or hurtful to another, so there is some philosophy in current PSHE education out there which this reinforces.

I immediately started telling the boys (who were not behaving very well before Daddy sat down with them to read this, because overtired and needing to wind down, and likely to return to whacking each other at the suggestion that post-story, the brush their teeth) - I applied the bucket metaphor and praised/flattered each one of them with how they'd filled my bucket that day (look at me, focusing on the positive, but it works, alongside cuddles). You've got to give my eldest credit, though, for sensing he's being "managed", or perhaps for wanting to undermine the positive message, when he mimed scooping out the good stuff from everyone's buckets (called "bucket dipping") - i.e. taking the message about the bad from the book.
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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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