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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060843497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843496
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,235,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Readers may predict trouble when Mrs. Rogers asks Amelia Bedelia for an umbrella because, "They say it is going to rain cats and dogs." Then the maid hears a "MEOW" while watching a cat-shaped cloud, and a tiger-striped kitten jumps out of the garden. As always, Amelia Bedelia is bewildered by idioms, and she frustrates people with her own word choices. Fluent readers will chuckle at these misunderstandings, and will be delighted with the suspense and plotting. They may also pick up a bit of information about pet care. The generous trim size is wider than that in most early readers, allowing many sentences to be printed without line breaks. Sweat's cheerful and expressive watercolor and black-pen illustrations extend the story. Another winning addition.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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About the Author

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The author lives in Princeton, New Jersey.



Lynn Sweat has illustrated many Amelia Bedelia books, including Go West, Amelia Bedelia! He and his wife live in Connecticut.

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My son enjoys the books and loves to read when the books are cute and entertaining!
Mishel
The books might be too long for children four and under and some of subtle jokes of word play and definition will probably escape most kids under five.
D. Huber
I bought a series of Amelia Bedelia books for my 8-year-old granddaughter and she just loved them.
M. Spalmacin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Huber on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
None of the books in the Amelia Bedelia series is a disappointment. My five year old daughter has fallen in love with Amelia and all of her crazy adventures. The books might be too long for children four and under and some of subtle jokes of word play and definition will probably escape most kids under five. Though we have to explain parts to my daughter, she is already learning that words and phrases can have double meanings e.g. "weed the garden" to Amelia means to put weeds in, not pull weeds out....or "draw the curtains" to Amelia means to literally draw a picture of curtains. We all know that the idiosyncrasies of the English language are difficult enough for adults; however,for children five and up,the process of learning is definately more fun with Amelia Bedelia's help!
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By J. Grambo on November 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Poor Amelia. Idioms and homophones are so confusing for her. She walked by a garage sale, but she didn't stop becasue she didn't need to buy a garage. And she definitely didn't want any fleas from the flea market! She called the zoo and talked to a Mr Lyon. Amelia was amazed -- she had never talked to a lion before!

A classic funny Amelia tale, with Lynn Sweat continuing her famous illustrations. Ages 5-8.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Spalmacin on September 9, 2008
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I bought a series of Amelia Bedelia books for my 8-year-old granddaughter and she just loved them. So much so, that I've received a request for more stories in the series. When's the last time a youngster you know asked for more books to read?
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By amazon frequent buyer on March 18, 2014
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as the children I've cared for go from learning to talk to reading in school I don't get the opportunity to read to them as much...
they grab Amelia bedelia and have devoured it before I get the chance...they do like to read some of them to me!
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Amelia Bedelia does it again. Just how much a barely 4 year old gets of all this ruckus, I am not sure, but she loves to hear her Grandmother sent into fits of laughter. We will be reading this together again and again in the next few years.
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By Freddy on August 18, 2011
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My five year old had a great time reading this book. The only drawback was that there was no real break in the reading, just one continuous 50 page book. Five 10-page chapters would have been perfect. Fun story nevertheless.
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Amelia Bedelia books are a "Hoot!" This one is funny and entertaining, easy for grade schoolers to read and just one of many Amelia Bedelia books on the market. My granddaughter loves them all.
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By S. Lund on December 28, 2011
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Amelia Bedelia makes every age laugh. First our children's favorites, now our grandchildn's. Perhaps itis her unusual name that makes even the youngest want to try to pronounce Amelia Bedelia.
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More About the Author

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper has been a member of his family ever since. Peggy Parish died in 1988. She would be proud and delighted to know that with Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia; Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!; Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor and now Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, her nephew is carrying on -- for a new generation of readers -- the tradition she began years ago.

In His Own Words... "In true Amelia Bedelia fashion, I backed into writing these books about the literal-minded housekeeper who children laugh at and love. Amelia Bedelia was created by my aunt, Peggy Parish. Although she passed away in 1988, Peggy still received fan mail from children. They wondered when the next Amelia Bedelia book would be out. Then other children's authors wrote and volunteered to continue the series. I felt uneasy about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. As I was in the fourth grade when she first appeared, I had literally grown up with her. So I decided to try to write a new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My two sisters and my family were very supportive and encouraged me. I'd had experience in writing advertisements. I reread the Amelia Bedelia stories to figure out what made them funny. I realized that everyday life overflows with idiomatic expressions, literalisms, and homophones. It's amazing more people don't get confused-besides Amelia Bedelia! My first book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, took me a year to think about and one night to write. I had been collecting ideas, homonyms, and expressions. Whenever I heard them, I jotted them down: on napkins in restaurants, on my newspaper while riding the bus, and on agenda sheets in business meetings.

I stockpiled these fragments in a folder until one Sunday night, with my family asleep, I decided that it was now or never. I sat down around ten o'clock and began to write. I was so focused on the story that I finished as the sun came up on Monday morning. Naturally, the story needed revision, but the essence was captured in that all-night writing spree.

I am fortunate that my editor, Susan Hirschman, and the illustrator, Lynn Sweat, had worked with Peggy on many Amelia Bedelia books. That helped make the transition from Peggy's books to mine as seamless as possible.

I feel very lucky to be writing Amelia Bedelia books and continuing a family tradition. But the best reward was when a child wrote Peggy Parish a fan letter. It said that Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia is the best book she has written. To me, that's the highest compliment I could hope for."

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