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review 2018-09-09 22:52
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud


"Pre-Internship Block"

“Children’s Book”

“Kindness/ Happiness”

Brief Review:

Have you filled a bucket today is about young children and how they can fill their bucket or dip into their own and others bucket. The book gives examples of how to be bucket fillers and bucket dippers. It shows the consequences of being good or bad.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Have you filled a bucket today could be used to show students how to be good bucket fillers or what they can do to become good bucket fillers and not bucket dippers. The teacher could have the students go around the room and fill each other’s buckets by saying nice things to each other, if a student is left out go about getting that students bucket filled as well.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Lexile Scale


Pre-k to Second

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 5 because its great for students to learn how to be bucket fillers and not bucket dippers. It gives students a representation of what they are supposed to do to make themselves happy and others happy. It also goes about saying that being a bucket dipper only makes you sad in the long run.

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review 2018-09-09 04:12
Once There Was a Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is one of my favorite children's books of all time. Yes, it is a bit sad, but I think it's important to recognize the way a book can make us feel, even if it is a feeling of sadness. The important thing to focus on with this book is the trees act of selflessness. The story follows a boy from childhood to adulthood as he visits the tree throughout different stages of his life. At each stage the boy wants something and the tree continues to give pieces of herself to the boy because it makes her happy. In the end, when the boy is an old man, he no longer wants anything tangible, but simply a quiet place to rest. That is when the tree offers him her stump. And the tree is happy.  


As the story unfolds we learn that the boy takes and takes from the tree without giving back anything in return. I think this is poses the question, "How would you feel if you were the tree?" There are many theories and interpretations of the book, but at its core, I believe the book is a reflection of unconditional love and generosity.


I like the idea of using this book to focus on character education, mainly the act of being kind. After reading this book to my students, I would facilitate a whole group discussion about the ways that the tree exhibited kindness. I would then ask my students, "What are some ways that you can show kindness?" As a matter of fact, this would be a great writing prompt. 


Additional lessons using The Giving Tree include:

  • Cause and Effect
  • Problem/Solution
  • Character Traits of the boy and the tree


Lexile Level: 720L

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review 2018-05-18 16:35
This Was The Second Book
Kindness Goes Unpunished - Craig Johnson

I didn't think I would like a Walt Longmire story set anywhere besides Wyoming. I was wrong and I should have known better! I love fish out of water stories! They're my favorite ones EVER.


So, Walt and Henry drive Henry's Thunderbird (Lola [yes, Lola]) to Philly where Henry has an art exhibition for his photography collection. Soon after they arrive, Cady (Walt's daughter) is seriously injured. The rest of the book is all about how Walt deals with her injury and catches the culprits.


It was wild to see Philly through the eyes of a man who's used to being alone in the mountains/plains of Wyoming. But the descriptions ring true. Every way that he describes the buildings and the statues and the people is word perfect to Walt.


Oh, and I didn't have to wait until the end of the book series ;)


PLOT - 5/5
PROSE - 5/5

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review 2018-03-28 13:20
The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness ... The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness - Laura Kemp,Lowri Walton,Orion

Ceri Price is mourning the loss of her mother. Intent on carrying out her wishes of spreading her ashes in her childhood home of Dwynwen in Wales, Ceri only plans on staying a few nights, then returning to Crewe to carry on her job as head of a successful make up business. However when she is mistaken for the new barmaid, what was going to be just a few days turns into a week, and then two. As the magic of the village and the warmth and friendliness of the locals takes over Ceri finds herself falling for Dwynwen, and for one local in particular. Then the village is threatened with plans for a new housing estate and random acts of kindness occur in the village. Who is behind those acts and can the new housing estate be stopped?


There is a lovely, cosy feel to this novel, this arises I think from the small, close-knit village and it’s quirky inhabitants, creating a village I would love to visit. The cast of characters is small, the village depicted so that it was easy to envisage and this all helped towards that cosy feel.


Laura Kemp has created a whole host of characters, each one adding something to the story. Ceri grew on me. She came across at first as a little spoiled and shallow but as the story progresses the reader sees that she has been caught up in the whirlwind success of her business and going to Dwynwen opens her eyes as to what she really wants from life. Then there are the locals. Gwil and Gwen, landlord and landlady at the local pub, The Dragon, are the catalyst for Ceri’s life change. When she steps in as barmaid she helps to transform the pub, breathing in new life and the couple bring comedy to the storyline. So too does Mel, who quickly becomes friends with Ceri. Mel holds onto an incident in her past which is making it impossible for her to move forward. The story sees Mel and Ceri helping each other, often times without even realising it. Then there are Rhodri and Logan, both of whom are interested in Ceri for their own reasons.


I had figured out who was behind the mysterious acts of kindness from early on in the story but it was nice to read about each one and to wonder what the next act would be.

There’s a warmth to the writing that draws the reader in. At the beginning of the story there were times when it felt a little flat (there were lots of references to bums!) but this soon picked up. There were also a couple of times when the point of Rhodri’s shyness and interest in recycling and the environment seemed a little laboured but again not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the story. There is a friendliness and fun feeling to the writing and that is reflected in the story.


A lovely way to spend a few hours, I’ll be interested to read more by Laura Kemp in the future.

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review 2018-01-26 16:00
Have you?
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This story is a great way to show how random acts of kindness, smiling at someone, giving compliments, or helping someone in some way can go so far! "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" paints a picture that everyone has an invisible bucket that is always with them. This bucket carries their happiness and good thoughts, but when it is empty they are sad. You can spread joy and happiness just by being kind. This book will go hand in hand with the fairly new program that most school are doing, Leader In Me and the 7 habits. Several schools have adopted this program and really pushing being a leader and being kind to one another. One term they use is called an "emotional bank account" which is exactly like the invisible bucket in this story. This book is a great example for students to picture everyone's feelings being in that bucket. I think it helps them connect the idea instead of just telling them to be kind. I would read this book to any grade level. It is a great reminder, even for adults!


Lexile: AD710L


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