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. Volume XX Number 11. . . .November 15, 2013
A child’s bedroom can be a sanctuary - a place to play, think, and listen to music and rest. Most kids love their own space to be with friends, play computer games, create art or music or curl up and read. When children have a space to call their own, they tend to live in it with a sense of freedom and personality. Consequently, when they are asked to clean it up on occasion, the request is often met with a groan. The simple chores that children are asked to do can include putting their laundry in a laundry basket, putting toys away and making their bed as they begin to take responsibility for their things and their space. Still, many children miss the laundry basket, step over toys and crawl into bunched blankets at the end of the day… and are perfectly content to do so! Most parents have to nag, bribe, and cajole to get some cleaning to happen or else they simply shut the door, especially before company arrives!
Itah Sadu, the author of Please Clean Up Your Room!, chose a perfect topic to write about for this age group, but unfortunately not an entirely plausible plan for parents to get the job done! This is not a how-to book, and it’s not for parents. It’s the story of Christopher who lives in a bedroom that is so dirty that “The socks under the bed were cheesy. The sandwich behind the door grew fungi. The room was so untidy, the shoes smelled funky, funky and the fish bowl stank!” (p. 3).
Carrie Subtelny is a consultant, reading clinician, tutor and literacy advocate in Winnipeg, MB.
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