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Book Review: Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

by Sesame Lane Admin on 9/10/2017 11:36:29 AM
This book is perfect for children who are aged 3 years and up; it encourages positive behaviour as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation and love.

The book is written by Carol McCloud, according to her bio on her website, Carol has spent 20 years in education as a teacher, counsellor and youth mentor. This can be seen in her book, she writes in a way that the children can really understand and relate to from an early age.

The concept of the book is about how certain actions create an emotion whether it is a positive or negative feeling within you, but also in another person. The book uses an invisible bucket that every person has, to help illustrate how to fill your bucket and how you would feel with your bucket full. The concept of a “Bucket filler” is introduced and these are people who help without being asked, give hugs, compliments and generally spread love and good happy feelings to others, essentially filling the people around them bucket and in turn filling theirs.

In contrast, it speaks of a “bucket dipper” and how it might feel when you become a bucket dipper. A “Bucket dipper” is someone that steals our happy feelings by not helping out with a task or by doing and saying some not so things, which robs that person of their happiness from their bucket, with the “bucket dipper” realising that this action does not in turn fill their bucket it only empties it.

Vivid and colourful illustrations are used to easily explain this to children, “bucket filling” and “bucket dipping” are effective metaphors to help children understand the effects of our actions and words on the wellbeing of others and their self, creating and establishing the children’s empathy.

All in all we rate this book at 4 out of 5 stars.