have you filled a bucket today? a guide to daily happiness for kids

Summary:
Each of us carries an invisible bucket. The choices we make help us fill others' buckets ... or empty ours.
Educational Themes:
The message of this book is clear: being kind to others also brings us happiness; meanness makes us all feel bad. The story offers examples of things children (and adults) can do, but there is plenty of room to ask "what else can we do" or "what if x happens"?
Reading Level:
3.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! Your toddler will easily understand the story and its meaning, but it will also grow with your child and have meaning for many years ... particularly as s/he starts building relationships independently.
Little Kid Reaction
Our child instantly grasped the concept and after the first two readings (we were asked to read it two times at the first sitting) s/he began talking about buckets and using the bucket to describe/assess her own actions.
Big Kid Reaction
This is a fabulous story. This is one of the best books we have seen. There are great stories, but for toddlers and preschoolers, concepts like friendship, hurting someone's feelings, etc. need to have a tangible/visible symbol.
Pros:

This book takes an abstract concept (caring) and creates a concrete symbol that children can recognize and will readily emulate.

Cons:

None.


Title Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids
About
Author Carol McCloud
Publisher Ferne Press, Imprint Nelson Publishing and Marketing © 2006
Illustrators David Messing
ISBN 0978507517
Material Paperback
Cost $9.95
Genres Family, Picture Book, Emotions and Feelings, Self Worth
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