All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Reconsidered, Revised & Expanded With Twenty-five New Essays

Book - 2004 | 15th anniversary ed., 1st ed.
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A revised edition of the bestselling classic--essays on life that will resonate deeply as readers discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events

More than thirty years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo--a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten . Today, after being embraced around the world and selling more than seven million copies, Fulghum's book retains the potency of a common though no less relevant piece of wisdom: that the most basic aspects of life bear its most important opportunities.

Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental United States. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life . . . a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about surviving catastrophe . . . the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot-air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to "fly" . . . life lessons hidden in the laundry pile . . . magical qualities found in a box of crayons . . . hide-and-seek vs. sardines--and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details.

In the editions since the first publication of this book, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate, and to reconsider, adding fresh thoughts on classic topics including a short new introduction.

Praise for All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

"A healthy antidote to the horrors that pummel us in this dicey age." --Baltimore Sun

"Within simplicity lies the sublime." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"It is interesting how much of it applies not only to individuals, grown or small, but even to nations." --New York Daily News

"As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir." -- Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition: 15th anniversary ed., 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345466396
034546639X
Branch Call Number: 128 F963 2004
Characteristics: vii, 219 p. ; 22 cm.

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alicat1
Feb 15, 2017

This book contains wit and wisdom that can be applied to all generations.

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BridgettM
Sep 07, 2016

This is overall a quick, light and enjoyable read. As you would expect, some of the essays are better than others. For me, the hits outnumber the misses. Robert Fulghum was a Unitarian parish minister for 22 years, so you can expect a Christian point of view and some references to God and faith; I mention that since it might be a draw for some and a deterrent for others. I have the original version and have not yet read the expanded editions.

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tamaramckeen
Jul 28, 2015

An absolutely wonderful read! I finished this book in 3hrs and loved every minute of it! Fulghum is a great story teller and provides a different way of thinking about ordinary every day things. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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staceyraejo
Jun 06, 2015

25 years later - I still LOVE this book and would recommend it again :)

crankylibrarian Apr 28, 2013

I know, I know...it's facile, simplistic and teeth-gratingly homey, yet Fulghum's humor and quiet observations of human foibles strike a chord.

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dirtbag1
Jul 18, 2012

The lesson to be learned from this self help book is based on the importance of observing the world around us. In a number of short observations about how we are different from each other we are told how important it is to consider the well being of others. If you take one thing away from this book it might be a good thing for each of us to start making a list of positive ways to view the world in order to show respect for our fellow man/woman.

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horseloverkj21
May 15, 2011

Really cute and funny stories.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 14, 2009

Eloquent phrases and heartwarming anecdotes.

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tamaramckeen
Jul 28, 2015

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be."

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