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Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
on October 27, 2002
This book was a very funny book. It tells about Amelia Bedelia babysitting for the first time and not knowing how everything works. Amelia goes to Mrs. Lane's house and she gives Amelia a list of things to do for the baby while she is gone. After she leaves the baby, Missy, starts to cry. Amelia doesn't know what to do so she looks at the list, it says "Give Missy a bottle", so Amelia went in the kitchen and looked for a bottle. All she found were glass bottles and she decided that that was too dangerous to give to Missy.
Then one of Mrs. Lane's friends, Mrs. Carter, visits to give Amelia strawberries she picked. She notices that Missy is crying and she shows Amelia what kind of bottle she is supposed to give Missy. They give her the bottle and Missy stops crying. Amelia thanks Mrs. Carter and then Mrs. Carter leaves.
When Missy had finished her bottle Amelia saw what she had to do next, it was to give Missy a bath.
After she gave her the bath she checked the list to see what she was to do next it said, "Be sure to use the baby powder", but instead of putting it on Missy, Amelia put it on herself.
Again she checked the list and it said that from two until three is naptime, but Amelia hated naps so she decidedto make strawberry tarts instead. She walked back into Missy's bedroom and she was asleep so she let Missy have her nap for her.
She went into the kitchen and began to make her very good strawberry tarts and after she was done she set all the tarts out on a plate.
Then Missy began to cry again so Amelia looked over her list to see what she had to do now. It was time to give Missy her mashed banana, so Amelia made her way down to the kithchen and picked up a banana and started to mash it with her hands while it was still in the skin. She went upstairs and gave it to Missy. She started to mash it too, and it exploded all over her playpen. So Amelia took her to get another bath.
Next the list said to put Missy in her stroller, so Amelia did that. Then it said, "But first put a sweater on her." So, Amelia took Missy out of the stroller and put a sweater on Missy and put her back in the stroller. She read the list to see what it said next. It said, "Take her out for a while." Which meant to take outside for a little while, but Amelia misinterpreted and took her out of the stroller all together.
She looked at the list again and it was now playtime until five. But she didn't understand because she thought that it meant play time for her. So she took out Missy's toys and began to play. Missy began to fuss and Amelia saw that it was five o'clock and time for Missy's dinner.
She took Missy downstairs with her and put her in her highchair. The list said to give Missy baby food. So, Amelia sliced baby tomatoes, she cooked baby potatoes, and she made baby hamburgers. She put it on a plate then poured ketchup all over it. Misy put her hands in it, tasted it, and ate it all up. Then Amelia gave her one of her straberry tarts to eat for dessert. She ate it too, but now she was a big mess, so Amelia was about to go get her a bath when Mrs. Lane and Mr. Lane came home. Mrs. Lane was terribly mad when she saw all the red stuff all over her baby, but then her husband gave her a taste of one of Amelia's tarts. She loved it and apologized for her bahavior. Missy started to cry so, Mrs. Lane went over to her, but Missy wanted Amelia Bedelia. Mrs. Lane saw that Missy like Amelia Bedelia so she asked her to come back again.
Then Amelia left and she was happy that she had learned about babysitting that day.
I liked this book a lot it would be nice to read to child just for fun because it doesn't really teach any kind of values, but they may learn a few things about babies.