All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
Publisher: Villard Books
Synopsis: Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental U.S.A. 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.
Review: There is a new version of this book that was published in 2004 with 25 new essays. While some people may find these short essays silly and a waste of time I think thats the whole point he was trying to make. Simple every day things have lessons about life if we only stop and look at them. The Itsy Bitsy spider is a lesson of perseverance, simple games kids play teach us about life, love, pain and death. But somehow when we get older we forget all those things. We forget how much fun rolling down a hill can be, the feeling of flying for that brief moment when you jump off a swing that was going really high. We think these things are silly and childish but they really remind us we are alive. If nothing else this book reminds us to take a step back and see the beauty in the simple things and reminds us to be silly every now and then.