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Peggy Parish (1927–1988)

Author of Amelia Bedelia

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Peggy Parish was born in Manning, South Carolina on July 14, 1927. She attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While visiting her brother in Kentucky, Parish was persuaded to enter the teaching profession. After teaching creative dancing to young children, she moved to Oklahoma and taught third grade in the Panhandle, in addition to teaching dance and producing community shows. Parish's first book, My Golden Book of Manners, was published in 1961, followed by Let's Be Indians in 1962. A parent of one of the students, who was an editor of adult books, found out she was trying to break into the writing field and introduced her to an editor at Harper who helped improve her skills as a storyteller. This, of course, led to her biggest breakthrough, the creation of Amelia Bedelia in 1963. Parish eventually wrote 11 more Amelia Bedelia books as well as a number of mystery novels, and arts and crafts books. Among these other titles are Haunted House, Dinosaur Time, The Chimp That Went to School and Let's Celebrate: Holiday Decorations You Can Make. In addition to writing books, Parish did television pieces on preschool education and children's books, wrote book review columns and led a number of in-service training workshops for teachers. Parish died of an aneurysm on November 19, 1988. Her nephew, Herman Parish, continues to recreate new titles in the Amelia Bedelia series. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Amelia Bedelia 5,828 copies, 201 reviews
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia 2,614 copies, 32 reviews
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia 2,519 copies, 33 reviews
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping 2,133 copies, 41 reviews
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia 1,886 copies, 33 reviews
Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia 1,676 copies, 18 reviews
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia 1,635 copies, 29 reviews
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia 1,632 copies, 12 reviews
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out 1,629 copies, 15 reviews
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby 1,554 copies, 28 reviews
Amelia Bedelia's Family Album 1,055 copies, 14 reviews
Dinosaur Time 954 copies, 12 reviews
No More Monsters for Me! 692 copies, 6 reviews
The Amelia Bedelia Treasury 679 copies, 2 reviews
Key to the Treasure 561 copies, 8 reviews
The Adventures of Amelia Bedelia 411 copies, 5 reviews
Scruffy 389 copies, 3 reviews
Good hunting, Blue Sky 302 copies, 6 reviews
Clues in the Woods 225 copies, 4 reviews
The Haunted House 132 copies, 4 reviews
Too Many Rabbits 119 copies, 1 review
Pirate Island Adventure 118 copies, 3 reviews
The Ghosts of Cougar Island 89 copies, 1 review
The Mystery of Hermit Dan 86 copies, 2 reviews
Granny and the Desperadoes 66 copies, 1 review
Granny and the Indians 43 copies, 1 review
Be Ready at Eight 30 copies, 1 review
Willy is My Brother 17 copies, 1 review
A Beastly Circus 6 copies, 1 review
Little Indian 3 copies
Jumper goes to school 3 copies, 1 review
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping 3 copies, 1 review
Hermit Dan 1 copy
Amelia Bedelia 4 1 copy, 1 review

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Margaret Cecile "Peggy" Parish was an American writer known best for the children's book series and fictional character Amelia Bedelia. Parish was born in Manning, South Carolina to a poor family, attended the University of South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She worked as a teacher in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and in New York. She taught at the Dalton School in Manhattan for 15 years and published her first children's book while teaching third grade there. She authored over 30 books, which had sold 7 million copies at the time of her death.
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