Amelia Bedelia

by Peggy Parish

HarperCollins | December 26, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Amelia Bedelia is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

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!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.19 in

Published: December 26, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064441555

ISBN - 13: 9780064441551

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Maid Who Takes Everything Literally 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.
Date published: 2011-02-05

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Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia

by Peggy Parish

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.19 in

Published: December 26, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064441555

ISBN - 13: 9780064441551

From the Publisher

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!

About the Author

Peggy Parish wrote many popular books for children, several featuring her most famous character, Amelia Bedelia, who first appeared in 1963. Peggy Parish died in November 1988.

From Our Editors

When Amelia Bedelia reports for her first day of work, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers can't be there to supervise, so they leave her a list of chores. The eager maid promises to do just what the list says ... and she means it! Amelia Bedelia takes things very literally: when asked to draw the drapes, she does a pretty good job with paper and pencil, despite a lack of artistic experience. When asked to dust the furniture, she sprinkles it with powder. When asked to dress the chicken for dinner, she makes it a pair of overalls. Amelia Bedelia's crazy interpretations infuriate Mrs. Rogers, but her job remains safe because she bakes a mean lemon meringue pie. A funny easy reader which will open discussion about the many double-meanings in the English language! Ages 6-8.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8