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Review of “Why Do I Have to Make My Bed”

Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?

by Wade Bradford

Illustrations by Johanna van der Sterre

This book is fun and educational. It starts with the question that all children ask at one point or another, “Why do I have to make my bed?”. A modern-day boy asks why he has to do this chore after he already loaded the dishwasher, dusted off his video games, picked up his dinosaurs, racetrack and action figures. His argument reminds his mother of a story of the boy’s grandmother when she was a little girl. She wanted to know why she had to make her bed since she had already washed and dried the dishes, dusted her records, picked up her slinky, hula-hoops and roller skates. This argument reminds her mother of the girl’s grandfather who wanted to know the same thing after he had… and the story continues. Children will learn what chores children performed through the ages. The illustrations are colorful and funny. We see what children’s rooms looked like in the 1900’s, Pioneer Days, Colonial America, The New World, The Middle Ages, The Age of the Vikings, The Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt and Prehistoric Times. The question is finally answered at the end by the cave mother with, “because I said so!” I would definitely recommend this book to parents of children that are old enough to have chores around the house.

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