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Classroom/School Visits

Invite The Little Bucket to be heard...

As a teacher for 30 years I reached out to (Jeff) and he offered the opportunity to (visit) the classroom.   He not only read the book but ‘told the story’ to my second graders. What a difference when you tell a story (storytelling) versus read it. They were mesmerized, loving the whimsical verses and acting out the scenes with Mr. Bates. I was able to use the book in a variety of ways (including a play for the children which Mr. Bates wrote.) The back of the book has a section with a reflection and questions that help with class (or home) discussions. There is also a Teachers’ Guide that helps give structure for lessons to understand empathy, active listening, boundaries, and even more - feelings. I highly recommend this book for all ages as, even adults have a childlike side within themselves.

Kim Badgett
Teacher 3rd grade
Cocoa, Florida

"The Little Bucket" presents such a profound lesson in a way that children can understand and begin to utilize themselves.  

The author visited the school where I teach 4-5yr old preschoolers, and their ability to understand and comprehend the book's meaning was amazing. A great learning tool for both home and school!

Sara Gilkerson

PreSchool Teacher

Cocoa, Florida

"As a teacher of special needs children, I am astounded at how quickly even children with reading comprehension difficulties can grasp the concept of looking inside oneself to find the truths we all search for "out there."


Jeff has provided us with a passionate, moving, simple, yet profound, message that parents, teachers and children alike can share again and again, finding new meaning and deeper understanding with each telling.

Vicki Bauer

ABA, Special Needs Professional

Titusville, Florida

MISSION 2020 Beginning March 1 - June 30

One of the greatest thrills that I had in telling The Little Bucket story was when I went to Oak Park Elementary School to share the story with 40 students who were chosen for their writing abilities between 3rd through 6th grades!  What an honor!  And I had so much fun and thank Nancy Praver for the chance.  This little book is still gaining speed...and it's message is more important now than ever!  "Happiness, for it to be real lasting happiness, is an inside job."

<--Click to read Nancy's review.                                                             ~jBates

Coloring Page From The Little Bucket

The MISSION 2020 tour begins in Florida (March) and will take me through the south (March) and into California (mid April), up through and into Washington (late April) to Seattle, then east through the north (May) south into the mid part of the country and midwest (late May) east through (June) Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia to the eastern Atlantic states (if anyone from Maine contacts me I'll "consider" driving that far north!) down the east coast.  As I line up itinerary, I will post an expandable map and dates here on my web site.

So where are you in the mix?  I am reaching out to various schools and potential adult venues, organizations for not only telling my Little Bucket story, but also for evening venues to tell Grimm's fairy tales...one old, old Grimm's fairy tale that has deep resonance with the archetypal world for us.  I am doing research on the power of story telling and how it can raise consciousness and deepen awareness and human interaction.  It is a chance to put down the cell phone and engage the dormant imagination. I am researching how storytelling, the act of oral presentation, actually does raise consciousness.  My goal is to have several venues for adults to interact in a 1 1/2 hour event to build awareness and community. This is a place where we can explore what storytelling is, what it was and what it can do.  If you are interested in me coming to help facilitate an event like this in your area, please send an email to discoverstorytelling@gmail.com . Please put your City and State in the subject line.  I will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

The Little Bucket story is for the 1st through 5 grade classroom and for parents who would like to show their children where full-fillment really comes from!  It is a fun and playful model.  There is a theme song that also goes along with it. 

Listen HERE!

There is a 40 page teachers guide that goes along with the story and helps the teacher teach inductively.  This book teaches by what it shows.  The messages, as they are translated through the teachers guide, create space in the classroom for the teacher to teach things like boundaries, active listening, speaking feelings and not blaming someone else for them and finally "empathy."  And it's not any normal empathy, it's empathy that comes with star power. 

IF YOU ARE AN ADMINISTRATOR or INTERESTED TEACHER please take a moment and fill out the request for visit form below and the author himself will get back with you.

Submit a Request for Visit March 2 - June 30, 2020


OR MONTHLY GIFT for up to 4 Months


Elementary Schools

Across The United States and EUROPE

IN 2020