REVIEW: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

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REVIEW: Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

BOOK NAME: HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?

AUTHOR: CAROL MCCLOUD

ILLUSTRATOR: DAVID MESSING

PAGES: 32

PUBLISHER: NELSON PUBLISHING & MARKETING

AGE RECOMMENDED: 4+

Have you filled your bucket? is it a beautiful book that emphasis filling each person’s invisible bucket? So what’s an invisible bucket? Each day, every person around the world carries an invisible bucket that contains feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own buckets at the same time. A bucket-dipper is someone who makes another person sad by bullying or pushing or not being helpful. Here, the other person’s bucket is filled and the bullies bucket becomes empty. Carol beautifully explained kindness, happiness, and empathy with a metaphor.

What is an invisible bucket?
What is an invisible bucket?
What is a bucket dipper?
What is a bucket dipper?
How does one bucket fill?
How does one bucket fill?
A filled bucket makes everyone happy
A filled bucket makes everyone happy
Did you fill anyone's bucket today?
Did you fill anyone’s bucket today?

What makes this book a bestseller? A Few weeks back, Nathan was so irritated to talk and we read a book ‘I am using my words’. There were a few reminders to use his words and eventually he overcame that and stopped hitting us. Then he again started to hit us when he felt frustrated or when we were not paying attention to him. I picked this book at the right time and It was a glorious read for us. He could understand the concept of a bucket and I started to remind him about his bucket being full or it’s dripping.

This reminder is a daily long process and still, sometimes he will be a bucket dripper and I hope soon he can adapt to the new lifestyle of being indoors and use the resources around him.

Apart from using the bucket as a disciplinary measure, I would love to ask him how is his bucket today? Is it filled with happiness or is it filled with frustration? When he did good work, he was reminded that his bucket is getting filled and this helped him to acknowledge the different feelings he went through each day.

The illustrations are gorgeous and they represent different races and also people with disabilities also.

Just like I always end, kid’s books are for adults too—this book is a perfect reminder for us to fill our bucket positively.

The bucket fillers website offers free printables, which you can use while you are reading this book. To access them CLICK HERE

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Hi, I am Karen- Mom to a 5-year-old and a passionate book reviewer. A book lover myself, I strongly believe in reading to kids on a daily basis, to help them turn into mini bookworms. I find delight in my every growing bookshelf. Join us in our reading journey and don't forget to share your bookish love with us too.

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