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About the Author

Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Slp edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060542381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060542382
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late Peggy Parish, well known for her stories about Amelia Bedelia, wrote many popular books for children, including Dinosaur Time, illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

"I hate reading but your books are changing my opinion." This letter, from a young Peggy Parish fan, comes as no surprise to the teachers and librarians who have put her books in the hands of children over the years. Ms. Parish wrote nearly three dozen children's books-many of which include her most famous character, the literal-minded maid named Amelia Bedelia.

Peggy Parish knew what children like to read. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English, she taught school in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and, for over 15 years, at the well-known, progressive Dalton School in New York City. It was at Dalton that she began to find ways to release her creative ideas and energy, Though she never took a writing course, "writing stories for children came naturally." Her first book, published in 1961, was followed with Let's Be Indians and in 1963 with her unforgettable Amelia Bedelia.

Always involved with education in some way, Peggy Parish did television pieces on preschool education and children's books, wrote children's book review columns, and led numerous in-service training workshops for teachers. In discussing her ideas about education, she said, "Children's rights are taken away from them when they enter school. What I try to show teachers is that all the skills needed to read can be taught outside of textbooks. Today's children are not going to read what they are not interested in. And if a positive attitude toward reading is not developed during the first three years of school, it is virtually impossible to develop it later."

After living in New York for many years, Peggy Parish returned to her native South Carolina. She died in November, 1988. But Ameila Bedelia did not die. Peggy Parish's nephew, Herman Parish, has written Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia and Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!, published by Greenwillow Books in 1995 and 1997 respectively.

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My Grandaughter is only 3 but already loves Amelia Bedelia stories and I can't wait for her to be able to read this one to me.
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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Naomi DeBruyn on January 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Amelia Bedelia, the extremely literal housekeeper who is adored by children all over the world turns 40 this year. Created in 1963 by Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia has amused and entertained children of all ages ever since. Amelia is a very literal housekeeper, and if not for her exceptional skill in the kitchen baking goodies, it is hard to think that she would be employed at all! Her literalness is the root of many adventures and the cause of great hi-jinx and amusement.

To celebrate this anniversary, HarperTrophy, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has put together a boxed collection of three of the most popular Amelia Bedelia titles. This confused housekeeper is one of the best loved literary children's characters of all time, and with such high sales and great human appeal, she might just be the most popular..

This set begins with the very first Amelia Bedelia book ever written, Amelia Bedelia. The illustrator for this title was Fritz Siebel, and he did an incredible job with it! Peggy introduces her amusing housekeeper to the world as Amelia begins a new job, housekeeper for the Rogers'. A list of chores is taken quite literally by Amelia, and we accompany her while she goes about her day - putting out the lights, dusting the furniture, drawing the curtains when the sun shines through the windows, and making a special treat for her new employers: a luscious lemon meringue pie.

Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, has the housekeeper helping out some of the local kids when their team comes up short for the baseball game. Amelia is so kind-hearted that even though she knows nothing at all about the game, she offers to help the team and play with them. Baseball will never be the same again!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Pyscher on February 11, 2007
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The Amelia Bedelia 40th Anniversary Collection is a perfect introduction to the one and only Amelia Bedelia. She is a wonderful source of amusement to my children (and me) when her literal interpretations of words causes happy chaos to the world around her. The stories and illustrations are a perfect match. All the Amelia Bedelia books are a joy to read!

Merry mayhem begins in the first story that introduces Amelia as she begins work as the housekeeper for the unsuspecting Mr. and Mrs. Rogers! Amelia proves, thanks to her delicious lemon meringue pie, it is indeed true, that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!

Our son found the 'Play Ball' baseball story hilarious! Once again Amelia interprets the rules of the game in her own unique convoluted way. On the field and off there is no one like her.

The third story, was our daughter's favorite. It has Amelia helping Mrs. Rogers with a Surprise Bridal Shower that turns out like no other! The results of which are guaranteed to make you laugh! Enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H on May 31, 2007
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Amelia Bedelia is the cute story of a clumsy maid that forgets, and doesn't know the meaning of our everyday sayings like draw the drapes. It will make children laugh, even adults. It's a cute story of a silly lady that makes you want to keep reading, and makes you love Amelia!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
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You absolutely can not go wrong with any of the Amelia Bedelia books.
The main character of these books is obviously Amelia. She is a maid in home that makes many mistakes. ALL of the mistakes she makes are based on errors in understanding language.

For example, the lady of the home might tell Amelia to plant the bulbs, meaning flower bulbs. And instead Amelia will plant light bulbs. When she plays baseball with the local boys and they tell her to run home, she does- home to her house.

These oddball mistakes provide a good avenue for discussions of language and in our case we talked about what it might be like to learn a second language with all of the homophones that we use in English. We have used this series of books to talk about context clues as well.

She is adorable, fun, and all of the books are easy to read.

Enjoy. Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GG on September 4, 2010
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I remember spending hours reading these silly books as a got older. I think its funny how my sister who also read these books is just like the main character. As someone who works with kids, im happy to see them smile and giggle as they read these books and learn how much fun reading can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By newnana on April 6, 2014
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My Grandaughter is only 3 but already loves Amelia Bedelia stories and I can't wait for her to be able to read this one to me. I think she has memorized some words as we read it so often. Arrived good condition and on time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jones on January 30, 2010
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I grew up loving Amelia Bedelia and was thrilled when I found these for my husband's nieces! Great buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Klapper on July 12, 2011
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I purchased these books and gave them to a friend with a little girl for her to enjoy. Amelia Bedelia is one of those classics I think every child should read. Funny and light-hearted and something every child will love.
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