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Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room (Building Character) by Carol Gordon Ekster 

‘Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room’ was selected by Literary Classics to receive their ‘Seal of Approval’. This is the story of Ruth, a little girl who is so accustomed to foraging through the clutter in her room that she has become quite adept at finding things in the midst of her messiness. When she loses her mother’s oven mitt, she is given a deadline – By the time the chocolate chip cookies in the oven are done baking, the oven mitt must be returned. No problem for Ruth because, as she says, she is “Ruth the Sleuth” and can find anything. As Ruth searches for the oven mitt, she discovers other treasures that had been lost in the chaos of her room. As the minutes tick away, it becomes clear to Ruth that being organized might have its advantages. As her desire to play outside with her friend becomes more and more acute, she resolves to keep her room more tidy. Includes a parental guide with creative ideas for motivating and encouraging children to be neat and nice. Also included is a tasty recipe for chocolate chip cookies. This book has lots to offer for children, parents and educators.

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Befitter5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this book when my kids were younger Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2011Verified Purchase

If you want a fun way to teach kids that it is helpful to have a neat and organized room…just read”Ruth the sleuth and the messy room.” Ruth is an adorable character and I love that the back of the book there is a parent guide to help raise organized kids, a game to encourage kids to clean their room, and a healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. I wish I had this book when my kids were younger. Wonderful picture book! Children ,parents ,and ,teachers will love it.


Stacie rated it it was amazing Shelves: children, reviews

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room by Carol Gordon Ekster is a fun story as young readers follow Ruth on a quest to find mom’s missing potholder that is lost somewhere in her messy room. Ruth must find the potholder before the cookies are done baking. The story teaches children the importance of being organized as well as staying on task even when outside influences distract you. A clock on the bottom of each page shows how much time Ruth has left before the cookies are done. There is also information for parent’s on helping their kids be organized.

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