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Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia (1963)

by Peggy Parish

Other authors: Fritz Seibel (Illustrator)

Series: Amelia Bedelia (1)

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This book is about a girl(Amelia) that does everything that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tells her to do. There are times when things may get mixed but eventually it all ends up great. This can be used in the classroom to talk about listening to others and how important it is to do so.
  Emmerie | Apr 26, 2017 |
The queen of idioms makes her grand appearance on paper! ( )
  SaraLancon | Apr 17, 2017 |
I liked the book, "Amelia Bedelia" for two reasons because of the message and the point of view. The overall message of this book teaches students about literal meanings and idioms, and how things that you say can be taken different ways. It is important for students to understand that there are multiple meanings to words and statements. Communication is crucial for full understanding. You must be able to communicate well, and give people proper instructions for them to understand with clarity. For example, the homeowners told Amelia Bedelia to "dust the furniture" and "draw the drapes," but really the owners wanted her to clean the furniture and open up the curtains. This portrays how important communication is when giving a task to someone. When teachers give students instructions, they must ensure that they are clear and understandable, so mistakes are not made. In addition, the point of view is important in this children's book. The homeowners and Amelia Bedelia had two completely different points of view. The readers understood both sides of the characters' points of views, because they could understand how "dressing a chicken" could mean to place actual clothes on the chicken, or flavoring the chicken, so that it could be prepared to eat. It is important to understand the different points of views in the text, and how everyone has different interpretations of information. ( )
  KristenZdon | Apr 10, 2017 |
Amelie Bedelia is the main character in this book. I still remember reading the Amelia Bedelia books. This is a funny book to read because Amelia is given a to do list from her boss and she as she starts the work she completes the task but as you continue to read the book you notice that she does the tasks literally. For example, when the list said "dust the furniture" she grabs the dusting powder and starts to dust the furniture with it! I like this book because it really makes the reader think about how the list is written and how it should be written. ( )
  Sthefania | Mar 22, 2017 |
Amelia Bedelia sure has a funny way of doing things! Young readers can laugh along while Amelia hangs the lightbulbs outside, draws a picture of the drapes, and actually dresses the chicken that is delivered. When the folks come how how will they react to what she has done?
  mercedeslillian | Mar 18, 2017 |
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'Oh, Amelia Bedelia, your first day of work, and I can't be here.
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Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes her instructions quite literally. Reading the list of chores that her employer has left her, Amelia begins with "Dust the furniture." How odd, Amelia thinks to herself. "At my house we undust the furniture." Nonetheless, she dutifully locates the "Dusting Powder" in the bathroom, and proceeds to sprinkle it all over the living-room furniture and floor. Next she is asked to "Draw the drapes when the sun comes in." So of course, Amelia sits down with a sketchpad and gives it her best shot. Children love reading about the antics of silly Amelia Bedelia for myriad reasons. It's an early reader book, so children in primary grades can take satisfaction in reading the book on their own. But, even more thrilling, children who are 6 and older can successfully interpret the figurative meaning behind most adult idioms. Being told to "keep an eye on the cat," for example, might compel some preschoolers to stick their eyeballs on a cat's face, eliciting peals of laughter from know-it-all grownups. But older children know better, and they love the fact that they know better. Young readers will find this bumblingly charming, eager-to-please housekeeper as irresistible as Amelia Bedelia's employers do. (Ages 6 and older) --Gail Hudson

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A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

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