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Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room

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Did you ever lose something, because your room was so messy? That is exactly what happened to Ruth the Sleuth. As she searches her messy room for a potholder she borrowed from her mother, Ruth the Sleuth gets distracted again and again by the wonderful items she finds within her mess. But, will she find her mom's potholder in time to have cookies with her friend, Zack? Rut ...more
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published December 31st 2011 by Character Publishing
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Stacie
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 infor ...more
Kristi Bernard
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let's face it, as parents, we know kids are messy and so are their rooms. We also know that kids know it too. We create nicknames for them like, “Messy Marvin” or “Cluttery Cate” and anything else we can think of that rhymes with a child's name. I would like to introduce you to Ruth. Apparently she doesn't know what a clean room is either.

Ruth has gotten herself into a bit of a mess. And I mean that literally. Her mother is putting a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies into the oven. Mom will
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Mymcbooks
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Review: Ruth the Sleuth is racing against time to look for her mother’s potholder. She must find the potholder before her mother’s cookies are done baking. Her only problem is she has to find it in her messy room. She checked under her bed parting the sea of clothes and toy but it wasn’t there, not among her of pile of papers or in her closet. Where could it be? Ruth said she is “Ruth the Sleuth, and I can find anything I put my mind to.” Did she find it? You can buy your copy to find out. I ...more
Donna Janasik
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am the technology coordinator at an elementary school. I arranged for Mrs. Ekster to Skype with our 3rd grade class. Mrs. Ekster presented a wonderful lesson to the children. More importantly, the children in the class loved this book, Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room. Their teacher read it to them as part of their English Language Arts class. It contains great vivid vocabulary to discuss, and some onomatopoeia. One student said the story encouraged her to clean her room, and was inspired to ...more
Alexis
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 2nd grade class began the year focusing on narrative writing. We used Ruth the Sleuth as a read aloud/mentor text to identify show, not tell, dialogue, strong verbs, etc. My students LOVED this book!

Carol skyped with my students and in addition to reading Ruth to them, she also shared her top writing tips. My students referenced what Carol talked about with them throughout the entire rest of the school year! She was simply fabulou, and a class favorite!!!
Marcia
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful book with bright, cheerful illustrations. Tips on tidiness and time management are neatly (pun intended) woven into the fun story.
Kirsti Call
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ruth the Sleuth is a great book about organization and responsibility. My kids love it!
Judith Jango-Cohen
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although there's a lesson here, the story is entertaining and not didactic. Teachers can use this as an excellent example of vivid verbs. Readers will enjoy watching for playful touches in the illustrations. Very helpful questionnaire and suggestions in the back that will be easy and fun to implement!
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Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an About.com Readers' Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children's Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, ...more