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.
WADE BRADFORD is a Los Angeles-based 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.
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.”
Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book AwardNOMINEE