Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gallup Press Children's Book Review: How Full Is Your Bucket (Tom Rath)

How Full Is Your Bucket? For KidsHardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Gallup Press

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
Tom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. He has been described by business leaders and the media as one of the greatest thinkers and nonfiction writers of his generation.
Tom has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, starting with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? His book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was the top-selling book of 2013 and 2014 worldwide on Tom’s latest bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes. In total, his books have sold more than 6 million copies and have made more than 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.
Tom’s latest bestseller, Are You Fully Charged? The Three Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life is receiving acclaim as “Rath’s best book yet” and is the subject of a feature-length documentary in late stages of production. This book and his second children’s book, The Rechargeables, were released in May of 2015.
Tom previously served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is now a regular guest lecturer. Tom, his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

"When Felix wakes up one morning, he finds an invisible bucket floating overheard.
A rotten morning threatens his mood-and his bucket- drop by drop.
Can Felix discover how to refill his bucket before its completely empty?"

How Full Is Your Bucket is an inspirational children's book that is filled with metaphors to help children to see how to view right and wrong. Felix's grandfather explains to him that everyone has a bucket and depending on his and other's actions...his bucket can either be full or empty and it is up to others to help fill or remove the water from your bucket. 

I thoroughly enjoyed how this book teaches kids to see how their words and actions can affect other people and how by just one kind word a person can change someone's entire outlook for the day. 

How Full Is Your Bucket explains how being nice and honest can make such a huge difference in someone's life.

I loved the illustrations in this book as well...they were so bright and colorful and full of emotion. You can see the genuine emotion on all of the characters faces both when they are happy and when they are sad. I recommend this book to all parents who have young children in school. This is a perfect book to help them learn right and wrong and how their actions affect others. 

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Gallup Press for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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