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Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?by Wade Bradford
Synopses & Reviews
Since ancient times, one question has endured in the hearts and minds of children: Why do I have to make my bed if it's just going to get messed up again? Now, Wade Bradford takes readers on a trip through time for a humorous look at how bed-making has evolved throughout history. Using examples of household tasks that might have been performed in colonial America, in ancient Egypt, by Vikings, and so on, this clever examination of chore lore eventually reveals the answer to this age-old question. (Hint: Mothers throughout history have always had a ready response.) This book makes history so much fun, kids won't even realize they're learning.
"Why is it that, throughout the ages, kids' chores are never considered complete unless they also make their beds? Bradford, a children's playwright making his book debut, and van der Sterre (Feivel's Flying Horses) have compiled a terrific people's history, moving backward in time with generation after generation of child asking the titular question. 'Me already clean cave!' says a prehistoric boy to his harried, leopard-skin clad mother. 'Me hunt mammoth! Me dust stalagmites. Me make fire! Why me have to make bed? It just get messed up again!' But centuries of pleading have clearly done no good, because the irrefutable reply is always the same: 'Because I said so.' While playing up the timelessness and universality of the human condition (at least as far as chores are concerned), the text and pictures underscore the evolving demands and trappings of domestic life. With its clever premise, keenly observed visual comedy, and easygoing pedagogy (an excellent afterword draws more directly on scholarship), this book deserves a place on the shelves next to the Magic School Bus series. Ages 4 — 7. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
WADE BRADFORD is a teacher, playwright, and screenwriter with almost 20 published children's plays to his credit. Wade has written for About.com Guides and done web-design and multimedia work. This is his first book.
JOHANNA VAN DER STERRE graduated with an MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the illustrator of Mendel's Accordion, which was named a 2008 Notable Book by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Johanna has worked with educational and magazine publishers in the past and makes her trade book debut with Tricycle Press.
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