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Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? Hardcover – February 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This lively picture book offers a great way to talk to kids about history: not the statesmen and generals but the lives of ordinary people at home. A boy who has already loaded the dishwasher, dusted off his video games, and picked up his toys wants to know why he has to make his bed. It’s “just going to get messed up again.” His complaints remind his mother of a story about when his grandmother was a little girl and fumed that she had already washed the dishes, dusted the rock ’n’ roll records, and picked up her hula hoops. Why did she have to make her bed? Her mother remembers her grandfather as a little boy, and the stories continue right back to cave times (“Me hunt mammoth. Me dust stalagmites”). Of course, young kids won’t get the exact time periods, but they will enjoy imagining kids’ messy daily lives and elemental standoffs long ago, all shown in the detailed, pencil-and-paint images, and for older readers, there are final notes about chores through the ages. Grades K-3. --Hazel Rochman

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, December 14, 2010:
"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."

Review, Booklist, January 1, 2011:
"This lively picture book offers a great way to talk to kids about history: not the statesmen and generals but the lives of ordinary people at home."

Review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2011:
"A clever history book likely to spark conversations about times gone by."


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GraceHopper on October 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book out from our local public library yesterday and I just read it to our boys (ages 6-11). We were all laughing so hard. Besides being interesting with the different time periods and what the children played with, it was so creatively written and funny! I guess it helped that I used a different voice for each character in the story, too. I've never seen my 6 year old laugh so hard. I'm sure we will read it several more times before we have to return it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill McGlynn on April 24, 2011
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Colorful and entertaining book, but unlike other picture books it is educational too. It is a history book masquerading as a fun children's book and will finally answer the age-old children's question "Why do I have to Make my bed?".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ara Burklund on April 6, 2011
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I loved this book! Such a fun way to answer the eternal question regarding bedmaking while teaching kids a little bit of history (even though they may not realize it). Colorful, expressive artwork complements the story's wit and sense of humor. Definitely a book I won't mind reading to my kids over and over again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mommy37 on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a fun book, get your kids asking questions! Teach them history with this fun book! My kids love it!!
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By Amber Golden Raskin on May 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book for my nephew, and he asks to have it read over and over and over. He learns a bit about history, as well as opening thoughtful discussions.
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