Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? by Wade Bradford

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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.

About Wade Bradford

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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.
Published February 22, 2011 by Tricycle Press. 32 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Van der Sterre’s watercolor and digital illustrations manage to portray historical details such as clothing, housing, food, playthings and snippets of daily life while at the same time incorporating humor—no reader will fail to recognize the universally indignant children.

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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.

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