Review: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found this book in a thrift store and was very encouraged to get it by my fiance. It’s a collection of fairly short essay type stories and thoughts. I liked reading it and enjoyed the thought provoking nature of it. I can see where some people wouldn’t appreciate it because it’s not meant to be complex. I’ve read through a few other reviews about how silly it is to have something like ‘flush’ in the his list of things learned. But really, it just comes down to respecting those around you. Maybe not everything we need to know was learned back then but it is a foundation to start from.

“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”

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