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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  18,672 Ratings  ·  795 Reviews
Expanded, with twenty-five new stories

A book to raise the spirits and warm the heart. Includes the famous Kindergarten essay that was read on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Hardcover, 15th Anniversary Edition, 320 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Random House Large Print (first published 1986)
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Roy
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book years ago, my first thought was that it would make an excellent Christmas gift for anyone who I couldn't figure out what else to get. The simple philosophy of living that it promotes and the author's easy going style of prose would elicit a smile from a stone. I can't quite say that it changed my life, but I was certainly charmed by this book. It also taught me a lesson in the money making potential of publishing because I happened to work for Ballantine at the time and was ...more
Raymond
I am not sure this book is important to me. But I will tell you this - one of the most delightful things I had read in a long time, and a thing I have tried to memorize, is Fulghum's wonderful list:

"Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life - learn some and th
...more
Maegan
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essentially the GREATEST book I've ever read. I loved the humor, but it also expressed hidden truths that integrate themselves into our day to day lives in a quirky sort of way. I thoroughly enjoyed the insight that you received through out the entirety of the book. Made me think about things...lots of things. Mr. Fulghum reminds me a lot of, well, ME.
I thought it was stunning.
Laura
Aug 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The only people who learned all they needed to know in kindergarten are the people who died when they were six. This stupid book is as facile as its title.
Vít Kotačka
Tuhle knížku jsem četl ve cca dvaceti a bylo to jako zjevení. Četli ji i moji nejbližší přátelé a všichni jsme z ní byli nadšení. Mladický optimismus a dychtivost. Svět nebyl jednoduché místo k životu, ale byl krásný.

Po dalších dvaceti letech už se na spoustu věcí dívám jinak, ale dodnes (a asi i do konce života) si budu pamatovat dvě věci:

* Historku o indiánovi, co tancoval se židlí: A indián řekl: "Tak na co čekáte? Budeme tancovat."
* A pak, asi nejsilnější knižní moto vůbec: A věřím, že láska
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Marie
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it funny that so many people who reviewed this book made comments about the title. Why on earth does the title really matter? I know I have read hundreds of books with odd titles, but I did not base my review on it.

This book was easy to read - I read it in one rainy afternoon. I did not pick this book up to find the answers of life - I read it because it seemed light and fun - which it was.

I feel the book is very cool - hundreds of times I have thought random, misc. thoughts and told myse
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Jinky
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I've found reading adult non-fiction books to be a tedious read because it involves many facts. I finally gave up on one that I've had for almost a month because telling me every detail history of her relatives just got too much and it looked like she wasn't going to let up! But this book had nothing tedious about it. It had me chuckling through the entire book. It was sooooo easy to turn from one page to the next and time just flew by. I would have been disappointed that it ended but Mr. Fulghu ...more
Julie Rylie
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every after
...more
Apple
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic
So, I don't understand why this is a New York Times best-seller? To each his own, then. But to me, this book felt like a venue for the author to explain away his own mulling. The title is "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten";
(a) and it sounds like an excuse to be a bit too childish and simplistic
(b) but hardly any of the book is about things he really learned in Kindergarten.

I don't know. I'm just really confused, annoyed, and disappointed.
Quanti
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tahle knížka se mi měla dostat do ruky před těmi dvaceti lety, kdy tady poprvé vyšla. Vzpomínám, že mě ty knížky tenkrát fascinovaly - nejvíc Už hořela, když jsem si do ní lehal. Ty názvy podněcovaly moji fantazii, ale nikdy jsem je neotevřela, četla jsem kromě pubertální literatury výhradně věci z rodičovské knihovny.

Určitě ale nelituju, bylo to příjemné čtení a.moc milý dárek a tuším, že to nebyl poslední můj Fulghum, i když plnokrevným fanouškem se asi nestanu. Druhá půlka bavila víc. Slušné
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Michael
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor, essays
As suggested by the title, the lessons children can or should be getting in kindergarten make a great focus for adult living. Imagine how precepts like playing fair and not taking things that don't belong to you could resonate beyond childhood into sphere of politics and moral behavior. The rule of "cleaning up your own mess" or "putting things back where you found them" make a good foundation for clean ecological living. My favorite is "When you go out, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and st ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Funny and witty. I like the short anecdotes that support those learnings in kindergarten. I still remember one: "When crossing the street, hold each other hands" This is very true especially in the crazy streets of Manila.
Vishal Khatri
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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Book Review: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum


All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten - Robert Fulghum
Surprise 1: The book is listed at MS
Surprise 2: There is only 1 review on such a marvelous book till date

Before coming to the contents and other details of this book, let me create an atmosphere by phrasing some basic facts (and some queries), you are free to agree or disagree on each point:1. You will be bli
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Sasha
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was the first my boyfriend ever gave to me. We had been dating for 2 weeks when his family invited me down to celebrate Christmas with them. As a Jew, I had not celebrated Christmas before, and I was nervous about that cultural difference, as well as what to get everyone, these strangers I had not yet met, and what they would think of me, this vegetarian, anemic, sailor-mouthed girl so unlike their son whose main aspiration in life was to teach kindergarten (whereas he was studying to ...more
Leftbanker
Aug 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is a veiled swipe at anyone who has bothered to actually continue learning since age five. It’s another brick in the wall of pop culture that makes people feel good about the fact that they are stupid motherfuckers who have never worked hard to develop their minds. What they are saying is, “It’s OK to be quasi-literate; everyone else is just like you.” Everyone except the adults sitting around the dinner table of life. I’ll admit that I’m sort of a dumb shit but it’s not from lack of trying ...more
Malbadeen
Jul 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hippies & cultivated garden haters
the lecture series that accompanies this book can be called: how I will display my self actualization to judge your lawn care habits.
I don't remember much about this book except the over all sense that the author was pretty pleased with himself. I remember one part where he talked about his carefree acceptance of natures impression on his yard by explaining how silly his neighbor was to rake his leaves and mow the lawn.
I didn't do a ton of gardening at the time (nor do I now) but I remember thi
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Pandora
Jul 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I had to add this book after seeing it on the worst book list. Come on. It wasn't meant to be Les Mes or even a John Steinbeck. It was meant to be a happy book that helps you remember that it is and can be a good world out there. Which is needed after Neal Shusterman - a great author but, perhaps too good. See Unwind review - this book was used as an antidote.

I did learn that sometimes it is the simple things that make life good. It is bettter to let go of our pride, judgements and just be in mo
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Louize
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I’ve been chewing on this book for a month. Trying to read and absorb it gradually; and never wanting it to end. Yes, I was hooked.

Robert Fulghum wrote his journal-type stories in a very honest, child-like manner that it will capture you both in wonder and profound realization. It is amazing to know how our everyday life may be improved if we but apply things we already learned as a child. Life can be more meaningful, indeed, if we just stop worrying a lot and enjoy the simple things it offers.
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sarafem
Mar 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, memoirs
This is more of a 3 1/2 stars book; I have never wanted to read this book, but I bought it at a yard sale for a nickel and this morning I wanted something light that I could read while sitting in the doctor's office for. ever. I got the whole thing read, and frankly, it was a good book. Not at all the drivel I expected, based on the uproar made about this book by absolutely vapid people.

I'm a big fan of "the little things" and silver linings. That is what this book is about - finding life lesson
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Greg
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten was Fulghum's first collection of essays. I liked his style then, and still do. His writing reminds me of Mayberry...it evokes a sort of down-home feeling that brings to mind warm apple pie cooling on an open window sill, children playing on lazy summer afternoons, and neighborly conversations over backyard fences. Fulghum does a nice job of exploring simple things from a profound and thoughtful perspective to gently guide the reader to wisdom. ...more
Paiman Chen
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain.

1. Share everything
2. Play fair
3. Don't hit people
4. Put things back where you found them
5. Clean up your own mess
6. Don't take things that aren't yours
7. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody
8. Wash your hands before you eat
9. Flush ....
10.Warm cookies, cold milk are good for you
11.Live a balanced life- learn some, think some, draw,paint,sing,dance, play,work everyday some
12.
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Melissa
A great, short read that gives you much to think about and much to be thankful for. It is easy to relate to the stories of Fulghum, he takes the reader from mundane and ordinary to profound yet simple. Never have I desired so strongly to go and purchase a box of 64 Crayola crayons with a sharpener built right in!
Marianne Omalay
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I envy the author, Mr. Fulghum, because he met great people in his life which made great impact to his life too. This is not the type of book that I usually read but this bought entertainment to me. I love how he viewed his life and the life of people around him. I personally love how he connects the simple game ''hide and seek'' to the life of people today. His uncommon thoughts to common things made me want to have a friend like him. And most of all, he taught me that imagination is powerful. ...more
Nur Banu Simsek
Easy read, has a raw quality to it that is refreshing but also uncomfortably at peace with itself sometimes – perhaps because it was written 20+ years ago. In the end, cute life lessons, and reminders.
gauldy
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já vlastně nevím, co o téhle knížce psát. Tak jsem si říkal, že nenapíšu nic. Ale to by zase bylo škoda, nic nepsat. Takže přeci to zkusím.

"VŠECHNO, CO OPRAVDU POTŘEBUJI ZNÁT o tom, jak žít, co dělat a jak vůbec být, jsem se naučil v mateřské školce. Moudrost mě nečekala na vrcholu hory zvané postgraduál, ale na pískovišti v nedělní škole. Tohle jsem se naučil:
O všechno se rozděl. Hraj fér. Nikoho nebij. Vracej věci tam, kde jsi je našel. Uklízej po sobě. Neber si nic, co ti nepatří. Když někomu
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Samantha
A few days ago, I ran across this book on my bookshelf. It had been sitting on one shelf or another, moving with me from place to place for about a decade. So I finally cracked it open. Two days later I'm wondering what exactly it was I read. It's a collection of stories, written almost like journal entries. Some that uncover wisdom, some that I didn't really get any deeper meaning from.

The best part of the book, and my favorite quote from it, is within the first few pages:

Share everything.
Play
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Jules Alder
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-books
If you've never read Robert Fulghum before (It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It), this is a good place to start. This wee book made a substantial impact on me partly for personal reasons, but mainly because modern philosophers are too few and not always focused on what matters in the grand microcosm--being kind to others and kind to ourselves. In an age when it seems like everyone and their mother is diagnosed as suffering from some sort of depression, I can't help but think that we lost someth ...more
Yva Ladera
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yva by: Queenelle Gazmen
I have to say this book has not taught me a lot but rather it has opened my eyes to things I had somewhat already noticed. But I MUST thank Queenelle for recommending this book. It was a fun yet thoughtful read. While reading, i have come to realize that my ideas about simplicity being the best form of happiness are headed in the right direction. I rather enjoyed how the author showed his wit and simplicity through his credo. He spoke of, "Warm cookies and cold milk" and how we should, "go out i ...more
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Robert Fulghum is an American author, primarily of short essays.

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” 8786 likes
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours.
7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”
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