Joanna Price's Reviews > Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
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Nov 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: si-624, age-6-10, boys, picture-books, ethics, buckets

Ages 6-10. The initial impression this picture book lends is mediocre-- the story has a preaching tone and the bucket metaphor at first glance seems cliche. Walking away from the experience, though, it's hard to shake the idea of bucket filling--that one fills one's own bucket by filling other people's--where the bucket is analogous to our gut feelings about ourselves, or work and our social relationships. In fact, it's an excellent way to reiterate a counter-intuitive truth: people feel often feel better about themselves when they help other people find happiness. The colorful illustrations are similar to cartoons and provide a familiar environment for children. The characters are drawn like those you might find on the funnies page in a newspaper on Sunday--colorful sketches, with cheerful happy-go-lucky expressions. The value of the book becomes apparent over time, and it would be a lovely addition to an elementary school or public library children's collection.
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