K12, September 2004

Katie Talarico

* Share everything.
* Play fair.
* 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.
* Flush.
* Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
* Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
* Take a nap every afternoon.
* When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
* Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
* Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
* And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Robert Fulghum. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Random House, 1989.


  1. That book was the first book I remember reading and feeling that sense of "wow" afterwards. I was a junior in high school and felt that Robert Fulghum would have a monumental impact on my life.

    Nestled in my book shelves is that very first book from nearly 15 years ago. I still love it. I still love what it stands for. I still love the idealism it holds and one day I'll pass down to my daughter so that she can love it, too.

  2. i still have my copy, given to me by a friend.
    it was Ms. Talarico's birthday on the 15th.
    she's now a friend of mine.


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