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Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower

by Peggy Parish

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This book is about Amelia Bedelia, a housekeeper. Mr. and Mrs. Roger's ask Amelia to help prepare for a surprise shower. Amelia takes everything they say very literally, leading to some mishaps. I liked this book for two reasons. First, I liked the illustrations because they are simplistic, often having no background color. This allows the main focus to be the text, but also still provides the reader with a visual. For a book that is designed to help younger children learn to read, this is perfect because it limits distractions. Second, I liked the language. The fact that Amelia Bedelia takes everything so literally allows the reader to see that things can be interpreted in multiple ways. For instance, Mr. Roger's asked Amelia Bedelia to ice the fish. Amelia iced the fish with chocolate icing, but Mr. Roger's meant to put the fish over ice. The overall message was that everyone makes mistakes. Although Amelia made mistakes while helping set up for the shower, they all had a good time in the end and laughed about it. ( )
  hollyjones | Oct 3, 2016 |
In my opinion this is a very fun, and entertaining book to read. I really like the writing of the book, as she uses a lot of figurative language but makes it easy for the readers to grasp the underlying meaning. For example, in one scene, the worker at the fish market instructed Amelia to “ice and scale the fish”. Instead of tail the scales off the fish and putting the fish in ice, Amelia put all the fish in a scale, and then proceeded to ice them with chocolate icing. I found myself laughing throughout the book. Another thing I liked was the plot. There is a rising action, when Amelia begins to prepare for the surprise party, and the reader starts to notice that all day Amelia has been doing everything wrong. There is a nice climax, when Amelia sprays the guest with the water hose because she thought that’s what a surprise shower meant, and a falling action and resolution when they all sit around the party table laughing about how funny the day has been. The main message off this story is, if something does not go as planned, you can always find a silver lining to the situation and if nothing else, you can laugh about it.
  Abeckl1 | Oct 21, 2015 |
In my opinion this book is a good read because, when you are reading it you can easily understand it, and it is very funny. The language is patterned so you know that something is about to happen next which makes it enjoyable. The writing is well paced and there isn't to much going on it is easy to follow along and understand why Amelia is doing what she’s doing. The big idea of this book is that Amelia make chocolate covered fish by accident but the guest think its funny and they leave laughing. ( )
  pbusto1 | Apr 1, 2015 |
Amelia just can't get it right! Mrs.Rogers wants to give a wedding shower and Amelia takes it way to seriously! She thinks that Mrs.Rogers wants to give an actual shower, not a party. This would be a cute books to help teach children the different meanings of words. ( )
  BriannaMaeee | Feb 8, 2015 |
I absolutely love Amelia Bedelia. She is a silly character that can't understand idioms. She took things literally, but then from reading this book, kids can understand figures of speech.
  Y-NhiVu | Oct 2, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064440192, Paperback)

She's in trouble again!

Fun-loving Amelia Bedelia is in charge of a surprise wedding shower. And when she arrives with a garden hose, the entire party is turned into an uproarious mess!

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While helping to prepare a surprise shower, Amelia Bedelia and her cousin make some arrangements that are not quite what the guests expected.

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