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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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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 |
Amelia Bedilia is about the misadventures of a cleaning lady who is hired by a fancy family to clean up the house while they are out. She bumbles through her to-do list misunderstanding everything and ruining quite a few things until she almost gets fired if it weren't for the delicious pie she bakes. The theme is misunderstanding directions that are given due to differences in structure and vocabulary. The story is very silly and funny to kids but also probably represents a lot of their daily activity and feelings about directions being given by the adults in their lives. However, because this book was written a while back some of the misdirections are totally foreign to younger new ears, and when I tried to read it aloud to my class I ended up having to explain the meaning behind many of the words that Amelia did and didn't understand, more so than if they already knew them and just applied them wrong to a situation as Amelia does. ( )
  LeslieMuir | Mar 18, 2017 |
This silly book is great to teach older grades about homophones and idioms. Amelia is a young girl who takes everything that is said to her very literal. In this book she moves into a new house and is given a list of chores. Amelia does every chore asked of her in very literal terms, and as the rogers come back home they quickly realize the mistake they made. This book is filled with humor and is engaging for beginning readers. ( )
  Diana.Vigil | Mar 9, 2017 |
This book could be used to teach figurative language, particularly idioms. After an independent read, a 3rd-grade class could make a chart with 3 columns: What the list told her to do, what she did and what she was supposed to do. They would fill it out and we could discuss it as a class and then follow with more teaching points regarding idioms.
  TimGordon | Feb 15, 2017 |
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For Debbie, John Grier, Walter, and Michael Dinkins
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'Oh, Amelia Bedelia, your first day of work, and I can't be here.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064441555, Paperback)

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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