- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc. (January 21, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781682132333
- ISBN-13: 978-1682132333
- ASIN: 1682132331
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,162,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Benji's Messy Room Paperback – January 21, 2016
From the Author
Diane Quintana and I have worked in a booth called Get Organized! at the Decatur Book Festival along with author, Judith Kolberg, for over 5 years. The Decatur Book Festival is huge! For two days we meet the crowds and promote our books and services. It was in 2014 that Judith challenged Diane and me to write a children's organizing book. Many families come to the book festival and she wanted to have a book to offer the parents for the children.
Never one to say no to a challenge, Diane and I started right away. We came up with the basic idea from our experience with our own children, our experiences as teachers, and organizational classes we have taken.
As former educators we wanted to have a repeating phrase in our book to encourage children to engage in the book by reciting that phrase every time it comes up in the story. Our phrase is: What do I do when my mother asks me to pick up my __.
From there we just created the messiest room we could think of without making it a too complicated story.
Writing the text was easy and fun for us. We basically took the same organizing principles we had in both our former books and incorporated them into this book.
We love working together and really had a good time collaborating on this project.
From the Back Cover
This book was written for parents and children to share. The authors took some basic organizational strategies:
- Break projects down into small manageable steps
- Sort like with like
- Cull collections
- Assign a place or a home for belongings
- Reward for jobs completed
People are often overwhelmed when given what to them sees like a large project. The first step is to break the project down into small manageable steps.
Study the illustrations. Notice that Benji did not do a perfect job. You will notice that the bookcase is a bit untidy and a sock is hanging out of the laundry basket. Still, Benji did a great job for his age and his efforts are accepted and praised.
We encourage parents to accept the organizing job done by their child so as not to minimize the child's efforts.
There is also a reward for completing the task. As professional organizers, the authors encourage their clients to reward themselves when a project is complete. Rewarding Benji
shows appreciation for his effort.
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