All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten : Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
by Robert Fulghum
Ivy Books, 1993, ISBN 080410526X
Fulghum writes from the heart with wit and real insight about everyday things, about small lives with large meanings. You'll find out that some simple but enduring truths, taught in kindergarten, can be applied throughout one's entire life. Here's a famous quotation:
"Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together."
There are more books by Robert Fulghum which I can recommend; I have put up an extra page - check it out.
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
by Richard Bach, Russell Munson (Photographer)
MacMillan Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN 0684846845
Allegory about a sea gull who seeks to attain perfect flight. About freedom, about imagination, about seeking new ways, about being different than the rest of the flock. About the heights to which we may soar if we just believe.
The Missing Piece
by Shel Silverstein
Harper-Collins, 1976, ISBN 0060256710
A semi-circle looks and looks for a piece to fill in where it's lacking. He finally finds it, only to realize that the quest was more joyous than the relationship in this minimalist fable about the nature of search and fulfillment.
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Harcourt Brace, 2000, ISBN 0152023984
So cherished by readers young and old that it has a mystical quality no other book, children's or adult, has even come close to reproducing, The Little Prince well deserves readers' many praises for its simplicity and most of all, heart. This edition comes with Exupery's restored original artwork and translation by Richard Howard
by J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee (illustrations)
Harper Collins, 2000, ISBN 0261103318
Set in the imaginary world of Middle-Earth, at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale, The Hobbit is one of literature's most enduring and well-loved novels. This edition comes with new watercolor paintings and black-and-white drawings by Alan Lee.
More Tolkien books
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
by A. A. Milne
Penguin USA, 1996, ISBN 0525457232
The world of Winnie-the-Pooh persists in the minds of kids today, as well as the hearts of adults, who were once children themselves. This deluxe edition brings all of the Pooh stories together for the first time in one full-colour, large-format book. The complete, unabridged texts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner appear.
A great philosophy book which I also recommend, The Tao Of Pooh and The Te Of Piglet, draws a lot from the story of Pooh and his friends. Check it out.
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