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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Fulghum Narrator: Robert Fulghum Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9780739308110
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Robert Fulghum’s simple credo 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. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • It is interesting how much of it applies not only to individuals, grown or small, but even to nations. New York Daily News
  • As universal as fresh air and invigorating as the fragrance of a Douglas fir. Los Angeles Times
  • A healthy antidote to the horrors that pummel us in this dicey age. Baltimore Sun
  • Within simplicity lies the sublime. San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Msmurphybylaw | 2/17/2014

    " I remember feeling stupid for liking this book when I read it but enjoyed it just the same. My oldest daughter was in Kindergarten at the time so I had a front row seat. I've never been an Idealist and it was hard for me to give up and just let go. I'm glad I did "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki | 2/15/2014

    " he's one of my faves. feel good, funny & quick good reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 2/9/2014

    " Very cute and very true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/8/2014

    " This is an odd, fun, and thought-provoking book. I think I liked it more than Jason. It's worth reading--sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/1/2014

    " I LOVED this book. Not only was it hilarious at times, I thought his storytelling offered good life advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/25/2014

    " I very much enjoyed Mr. Fulghum's nostalgic viewpoints on life. This was a collection of life lessons learned and it was fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale | 1/16/2014

    " Superb book. It's amazing that one person's life experiences can be an inspiration to many. How his day can be one of life's lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Petren | 12/5/2013

    " I read this a long time ago and although I don't really remember why I liked it so much, I remember loving it then. I liked it so much I read the following 3 or 4 books as well but I didn't like them nearly as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Just_jenn | 12/1/2013

    " The very first author I fell in love it. Robert Fulghum is witty, heartwarming and honest. His random thoughts on life and love are good for the soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Daniels | 11/26/2013

    " He is my all time favorite author. I have read all his books and love everyone. Reread them often!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dome ^O^ | 11/22/2013

    " There are few brilliant philosophical points this man makes. you can really sense his reaching for meaning in every thing.It's like a series of short stories,there're so meaningful, but some of them are so funny! You'll love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 11/18/2013

    " This was probably one of my favorite insightful "self- help" type books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 10/12/2013

    " more than a cheesy saying oncoffee cups and t-shirts (and if you own one of those, please get off my profile now... its actually a book of essays that are quite funny and good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/14/2013

    " I expected that this book would be a collection of witty little quotes, but that is not the case. This book is full of many short stories with well crafted turns that either makes you reflect or laugh or both at the same time. Each story is to the point and that is refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert E. | 5/5/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. It really breaks life down and helps us remember that life is not as complicated as we try to make it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 3/12/2013

    " Robert Fulghum is my spiritual leader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Merrill | 2/15/2013

    " This book is good because it makes you realize that in order to get along in life, you really have to stick to the basics. I read this a long time ago and I think I have been kind of using this phrase (to myself) at my mantra. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dolly | 11/17/2012

    " Great perspective on life; a focus on the golden rule. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson Kataja | 10/6/2012

    " Absolutely a great book...easy read, and hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Wilson | 6/8/2012

    " I've read this many times over in the last 20 years -- most recently to my group of geriatric reading group at New Market Manor Personal Care facility. An excellent read - for any age! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Cross | 5/7/2012

    " Self help for the simpleton :) and/or those of us beyond help! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Carlsen | 5/2/2012

    " I found it entertaining. Mr. Fulghum is a preacher of some kind, so I wpuldn't mind listening to one of his sermons. He seems at least a bit misogynistic, but it's not overwhelming. I'd recommend it to a friend, but I wouldn't mind if they borrowed it for a long while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarahmarie | 1/16/2012

    " Despise the man, hate the book. He is an acquaintance of my family, so perhaps it is personal knowledge/old stories tainting my view - or perhaps it is the Unbearable Triteness of Writing that did it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sequoia | 12/17/2011

    " I appreciated the life lessons Robert Fulghum thoughtfully reminds himself to hold dear. His sense of humor about dealing with our path through life is charming and unpretentious. It was a joy to revisit what one easily forgets while living the day to day. Thanks, I needed this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik Outchcunis | 10/11/2011

    " A classic, love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 8/7/2011

    " Special book I believe everyone should read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 5/21/2011

    " I was disappointed in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/8/2011

    " Everyone suspects this. But I guess Fulgham was the first to try to squeeze a whole book out of the idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissie | 4/21/2011

    " Reread it before giving it to Goodwill.
    It's nice to be reminded of the simple goodness in life...and how fantastic dandelions are! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jocelin | 4/11/2011

    " WHY????????????? I thought this book would give some insight into not seeking knowledge past kingergarten. Nothing was every explained and I am still seeking the answer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/6/2011

    " Just love his his writing! This is from the day of the journal - long hand, on paper. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gale | 4/4/2011

    " superb book :) It's amazing that one person's life experiences can be an inspiration to many. How his day can be one of life's lesson. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 George | 3/5/2011

    " One of the anchors on Fox News, Steve D., spoke at a graduation where I taught and lifted his speech verbatim from this trifle of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2011

    " New stories that once again make you realize the brilliance of ordinary and everyday life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/11/2011

    " Has some nice stories in it, and the list of "kindergarten rules" are warm and fuzzy to be sure (and they might even be applicable as guidelines for a free society), but in the end there's not a whole lot of utility or wisdom to be gained from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oh | 2/10/2011

    " picked up the yellowed pages off my bookshelf, and enjoyed it as much as the first time i read it:) a book that's good for the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 2/9/2011

    " I so loved this book. Robert Fulghum is brilliant and he was so many things before he was a writer. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 1/27/2011

    " I re-read this book at least once every month. It contains simple truths and lessons that are applicable to mundane life. :) "

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About the Author
Author Robert Fulghum

Robert Fulghum is the bestselling author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and numerous other books. He grew up in Waco, Texas and now divides his time among Seattle, Utah, and Crete.