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

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Twenty-five 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. Now, seven million copies later, Fulghum returns to the book that was embraced around the world. He has written a new preface and twenty-five essays, which add even more potency to 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 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. 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 years that have passed since the first publication of this book that touched so many with its simple, profound wisdom, Robert Fulghum has had some time to ponder, to reevaluate, and to reconsider. And here are those fresh thoughts on classic topics, right alongside the wonderful new essays.

Perhaps in today’s chaotic, more challenging world, these essays on life will resonate even deeper—as readers discover how universal insights can be found in ordinary events.


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About Robert Fulghum

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Robert Fulghum is a writer, philosopher, and public speaker, but he has also worked as a cowboy, a folksinger, an IBM salesman, a professional artist, a parish minister, a bartender, a teacher of drawing and painting, and a father. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten has inspired numerous theater pieces that have captivated audiences across the country. Fulghum is also the author of many New York Times bestsellers, including It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It, Uh-Oh, and Maybe (Maybe Not), as well as two plays: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas. He has also written two novels: Third Wish and If You Love Me Still, Will You Love Me Moving?
 
Published May 4, 2004 by Ballantine Books. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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cobbler Elias Schwartz, who believes that ""anything not worth doing is worth not doing well."" Fulghum delights in his subjects, celebrating them while using them as springboards for simple (some would say cornball) insights into life (""You may never have proof of your importance, but you are m...

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Good lighting and sound effects are employed several times throughout the play, but using it elsewhere—in such places as showing the man flying in his lawn chair or when it’s raining at the zoo—would have gone far in adding some of those higher highs, lower lows and sensory assaults that the play...

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Unitarian minister Robert Fulghum's "Credo" begins this spunky collection of philosophical musings on life.

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Variety

Howland, Mandan and Tucci show how an Alzheimer's-threatened couple of 60 years manage to have Christmas whenever they want it.The fitting climax of this wondrously simple evening of theater has the ensemble relating the tale of the contemporary Greek teacher and philosopher Alexander Popoderos, ...

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Business 2 Community

However, the Sharing Economy (also known as the Networked Economy or Collaborative Economy) is turning this seemly simple lesson into revenue-generating opportunity.

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