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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things

By Robert Fulghum

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345466396, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 2004

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Description
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.


About the Author
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 Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


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

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

“Within simplicity lies the sublime.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir.”
—Los Angeles Times

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