'I Worked Hard for You' is fun to read to pre-schoolers

May 19, 2013 

  • 'I WORKED HARD FOR YOU (SWEET-PEA-PIE-BOY-FACE)' by Ruthilyn Sparks (Boise); CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ($12.95)

Ruthilyn Sparks has written a read-aloud book that is a delightful peek into the love a mother has for her child. Using the phrase "I worked hard for you," she answers a host of "Why can't I?" questions that children ask when prevented from attempting something that could be harmful.

She based the book on actual conversations she and her son Jonah had when he was 3. She would tell him "because I worked hard for you" when he questioned why he couldn't wander off from her in a store or run ahead of her on walks. The message is universal for all parents of preschoolers and would be a great tool for parents in explaining their own rules to their child's "Why can't I?" questions.

Sparks' whimsical stick figures are a charming accompaniment to the text, reflecting the kind of illustrations that a book told from a preschooler's point of view might use.

The only drawback I saw was if a child tried to read it because the author differentiates between the adult's and child's point of view by writing the child's text in a mix of upper- and lower-case letters. I think it could be confusing for young readers.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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