Cozy Rosy Learns to Clean Her Room

Chaya Reich; Lea Kron, illus.
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By – March 23, 2017

How does one ignite a sys­tem of orga­ni­za­tion and clean­li­ness in a child? Chaya Reich would say with fun, patience and pur­pose. Reich has cre­at­ed a humor­ous sto­ry about a young girl, Rosy who just can’t seem to take order­li­ness seri­ous­ly until her way­ward slop­pi­ness reveals her future in a dream. Her mother’s calm and reas­sur­ing words come to Rosy and pro­vide her with a very much need­ed wake up call. Rosy’s mom real­izes that Rosy must come to her own aware­ness of her messy sit­u­a­tion in order to embrace a change, a les­son that many par­ents will appre­ci­ate as it will apply to many moments of matu­ri­ty in their children.

Sound seri­ous? The rhymes and illus­tra­tions will have you gig­gling at the mess one lit­tle girl can not only cre­ate but live in. From the piles of clothes to the sticky papers, the dish­es and smells to the ants and food wrap­pers, a child can­not help but rec­og­nize the silli­ness of Rosy’s room. Rosy’s mom shares with all us an easy sys­tem of orga­ni­za­tion that will keep items in their prop­er place. For chil­dren, it has all the ele­ments of a game.

The book also comes with a CD read­ing of the sto­ry and a song that would work well at home or in a school set­ting. Lis­ten­ing to the sto­ry would be enter­tain­ing to ear­ly child­hood and ele­men­tary stu­dents. Reich has also added extra fun with a great engag­ing game on the back cov­er that chil­dren can play as they find items on each page of the story. 

Cozy Rosy and Reich have unit­ed fun, patience and pur­pose with this oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn for chil­dren. It com­bines a teach­ing moment for par­ents with the grow­ing aware­ness of chil­dren into an adorable tale that will delight.

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 9.

Chris­tine Maas­dam holds a Mas­ters in Human­i­ties, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in Muse­um Stud­ies and Cul­tur­al Prop­er­ty Pro­tec­tion. She is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing her M.L.I.S. Her inter­ests are phi­los­o­phy and the impact of art and tech­nol­o­gy on culture.

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