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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite
Authors Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke do a beautiful job of weaving a story of how an individual can be happy using the letters A to Z as bucket fillers. They carefully explain at the beginning of the book that people fill others’ buckets every day in various ways. Soon they take the reader along this alphabetical journey, exploring how each letter can display a word that will enable the reader to learn about how that particular letter/word can help the reader to become a better bucket filler. Taking a young reader through the alphabet, letter by letter, and examining what that letter could represent is fun and creative. This is a joyful way to expose a child to new words and positive ways of making one choose happiness over being sad and rejected.
Illustrator Glenn Zimmer does a wonderful job of creating each boy and girl and their fine facial expressions during the good and maybe not so good moments found within the story. The book is very colorful and engaging, not only in the story, but in the illustrations as well. This is certainly a well-written and illustrated book, which should be in libraries and homes everywhere. This book gives a strong reinforcement for young readers to find the positive in life to keep their buckets filled, as well as to share with others so their buckets can be filled with joy. The authors challenge the reader to become a bucket filler and find happiness to share with others on a daily basis.