About Mr. Bates
"I can honestly say, without any reservations, that Mr. Bates is an amazing presenter and author. I highly recommend him and encourage you to invite him to your school to tell his story to the children. Your students will be enthralled by the book and by what he teaches in his presentation and so will you as the teacher." Cheryl A. Marrs, Teacher/Media Specialist Tallahassee, Florida - March 2020
“This was, for me, a truly magical experience! Jeff’s voices brought the story to life for me. It is so refreshing, in the age of the screen, to allow my mind to show me the story and wander, as it will, to new feelings and places.” Anne Marie, storytelling participant, Melbourne, Florida - January 2020
About The Book
"As a therapeutic adoptive parent, having tools to illustrate what internal resources are available to a child in the long process of healing trauma is essential. The Little Bucket is such a resource."
Boysen H., The Mankind Project USA - Foster Parent, Amazon Review
"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."
Vicky B., Behavior Analyst, Amazon Review, 2015
"Mr. Bates has beautifully retold the story of Everyman – Our Story – as a lovely allegory of our entrance into and passage through this life – the initial connection with our authenticity, the wound of forgetfulness and finally the awakening through enlightened service to others. As this story is retold through rhyme and metaphor, it is able to strike directly into the heart of the reader – or active listener."
Mark A., Amazon Review, 2016