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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer / Illustrated by Maurie J. Manning

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Format: Hardcover, 32pp.
ISBN: 9781595620279
Publisher: Gallup Press
Pub. Date: April 1, 2009

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Every moment matters.

Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it's empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don't realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day.

In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

Follow along with Felix as he learns how easy it can be to fill the buckets of his classmates, teachers, and family members. Before the day is over, you'll see how Felix learns to be a great bucket filler, and in the process, discovers that filling someone else's bucket also fills his own.

How many buckets will you fill today?

Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. As he goes about his day, Felix interacts with different people — his sister Anna, his grandfather, other family and friends. Some people are happy, but others are grumpy or sad. Using the metaphor of a bucket and dipper, Felix’ grandfather explains why the happy people make Felix feel good, while the others leave him feeling bad — and how Felix himself is affecting others, whether he means to or not.

This beautifully illustrated adaptation takes the original book’s powerful message — that the way we relate to others has a profound effect on every aspect of our lives — and tailors it to a child’s unique needs and level of understanding.

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Tom Rath is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? He co-wrote that book with the late Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003), who had been sharing his "bucket" story since the 1960s. The adult edition of this non-fiction classic has since been adopted in homes and classrooms around the world, and it led to the creation of this special illustrated edition for kids. Tom also authored the long-running #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 and most recently, Strengths Based Leadership. His books have sold more than a million copies and have made more than 100 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Tom currently leads Gallup's workplace research and leadership consulting worldwide. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Washington, D.C.

Mary Reckmeyer, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Donald O. Clifton Child Development Center, which has received national attention for excellence in early childhood education. She developed this center more than 25 years ago, and it has now helped thousands of kids build their lives around their strengths, while also serving as a model for schools nationwide. Mary is a former preschool and elementary teacher who holds degrees in educational psychology and education. Her research focus is on youth strengths development, educational programming, and lifespan development. Mary and her husband, Matt, have four children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Maurie J. Manning is an author/illustrator, most recently of Kitchen Dance. She has also had the great pleasure of illustrating many other authors' books. Maurie lives in Northern California with her teen daughter, two dogs (Kip, the naughty one, looks like Felix's dog Buster), and two very talkative African Grey parrots.

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