Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia

Book rating: 04 Paperback Amelia Bedelia

By (author) Peggy Parish, Illustrated by Fritz Siebel

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  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 222mm x 8mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0064441555
  • ISBN 13: 9780064441551
  • Edition: 50
  • Edition statement: 50th anniversary ed
  • Sales rank: 2,752

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From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that's okay. When Amelia Bedelia is involved, everything always turns out perfectly in the end!

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Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians. Fritz Siebel was born in Vienna and now lives in New York City with his family. He is well known for his pictures in Cat and Dog; David and the Giant; and Tell Me Some More ... , all Harper I Can Read Books. Among the other books he has illustrated are A Fly Went By and Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

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By Denise Wessner 29 Jul 2011 5

I loved Amelia Bedelia as a child (I remember I asked my mother what draw the curtains meant).

My seven year old daughter read it on a car trip. She enjoyed it so much she read it again to my five year old son. I explained draw the curtains, but she also did not get why Amelia cut the towels.

Amelia Bedelia is a great book for children to read with/to an adult, because it is easy to read and the humour requires the children to comprehend what they are reading. It is also a good excuse to discuss the difference between what people say and what they actually mean.

Amelia Bedelia is a hilarious read and I highly recommend it.

By Nicola Mansfield 05 Feb 2011 4

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

Well, everybody knows the antics of Amelia Bedelia, the maid who takes everything literally. This is the first book written about the famous maid, that made her such a beloved literary character. My son loved the book, thought it was just absolutely hilarious and couldn't believe how "stupid" she was. "Stupid" is a word we are not allowed to say in our house so I asked for another word to describe Amelia and he came up with "very dumb". {sigh} We later agreed upon "very silly". I wasn't sure he'd like this so much since he's autistic and does take things literally himself, to a point. Truthfully, I never liked Amelia Bedelia as a kid because I just did not get it at all. I found it entirely confusing and I guess that was my Asperger's coming out. Being an extremely literal person, I did not see the joke. (I don't get many jokes) Besides I had no idea what "trim the fat" "dress the turkey" or "draw the drapes", for example, meant in the first place! (I do get it now.) Surprisingly, my son knew what they really meant for her to do in every situation, except "trim the fat"!

For some reason, I have no idea why, while reading this I did wonder if the illustrations were the originals and they are. Fritz Siebel is the original illustrator. However after examining the copyright page, I see that his estate allowed the illustrations to be "revised" in 1992. I'm wondering just exactly what was revised for as they stand now there are two things that stand out as having been left "as is" when one knows the illustrations have been tampered with. On the first page Mr. Rogers has pipe in mouth and in all the last pages Mrs. Rogers is wearing a real fox stole, complete with head! I'll be looking around to replace my copy with an earlier hardcover "I Can Read" book edition (as I collect those) to see for myself just how the illustrations have been "revised". I can't see it being much since they left those two very un-PC illustrations alone.

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"Right on the button for juvenile humor! This book is for that stage in life when the acme of wit is considered to be a questions like this--'How can I sit UP when I'm sitting DOWN?' A perfect blend of text and pictures spiced with humor." -- K. "The hilarious antics of a housekeeper whose literal interpretations of her list of chores lead to some extremely funny messes." -- School Library Journal "The new maid, Amelia Bedelia, was so eager to please that she followed her instructions to the letter with the kind of silly results that will make kindergarten children giggle." -- Publishers Weekly "The younger children for whom this nonsense makes a good read-aloud, and those older who will find it easy to read, will giggle through its series of jokes." -- Horn Book Magazine "Amelia Bedelia, the new maid, slightly suggests the famous Mary Poppins, but she makes her entry discreetly through the doorway, on her two feet, instead of blowing in on the wind. Thisis purely a 'silly' book, with no lesson to impart, but it will seem hilarious to young children." -- Saturday Review