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Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower (I Can Read, Level 2) Paperback – October 7, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers India; Revised edition (October 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064440192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064440196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



<aubio>Peggy Parish is the author of numerous books for children, including other popular Amelia Bedelia stories, and the I Can Read Books Dinosaur Time and Good Hunting, Blue Sky.</aubio>

<illbio>Barbara Siebel Thomas is the daughter of Fritz Siebel, who illustrated the original Amelia Bedelia books. She worked as an art director before devoting full-time work to painting and illustrating. She lives in Bridgehampton, NY.</illbio>


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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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A surprise shower involves, of course, a garden hose!
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I consider this a perfect bridge between beginners reading and chapter books.
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This book is as amusing to adults as it is to children.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Amelia Bedelia, a young housekeeper, encounters the ambiguities of the spoken word, with hilarious results. Her problem? She takes words too literally: When asked to "prune the hedge," she and her cousin stick prunes on all the branches. A request to "scale and ice" some freshly caught fish results in her weighing them, and then frosting the fish with chocolate icing! And when she's asked to help give Miss Alma surprise shower. . .well, you can probably imagine her interpretation.
Despite Amelia's well-intentioned miscues, everything ends happily, maybe even better than if she had understood everything as intended. This is one of the best in the Amelia Bedelia series, with lots of fun wordplay and an interesting story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Metz on November 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book will have parents and children laughing out loud, until the last page. In this story, Miss Alma is going to have a shower at the Rogers-Bedelia House. So Amelia Bedelia almost crashes the party with her cousin. She puts prunes all over the hedges, ices raw fish with chocolate frosting, stomps on Mrs Rogers's favorite tablecloth, and sprays all the party guests with the hose. But she knows how to do one thing the right way, and that is to make chocolate cupcakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower" is one of the earlier stories of the literally minded maid by Peggy Parish, which means that there is more of a narrative thread to the tale than some of the later adventures where they tend to pile up the jokes fast and furious. Amelia Bedelia has learned that the ladies in the Tuesday get together for sewing and talking are going to give Miss Alma a surprise shower. When she explains this to Cousin Alcolu they are both puzzled, because Miss Alma is nice and she can give herself a shower. Mr. Rogers returns from fishing and explains what a shower means in this case, but that proves not to be as much help as you would think.

From scaling and icing fish to pruning the hedge and running over the tablecloth with an iron, Amelia Bedelia has fun helping to prepare for the surprise wedding shower. She also has Cousin Alcolu along to help her get ready. Illustrated by Fritz Siebel, "Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower" might be a bit over the head of some young readers (it will help if they are familiar with the quaint custom of the wedding shower), although once they get used to Amelia Bedelia's wacky way of doing what she is told she will have to become a favorite character with her string of adventures. In fact, for those who are looking forward to a wedding shower or, even better, those who have to prepare one, this would be a pretty good gift.
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A Kid's Review on October 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, is a wonderful child's book, mainly read for and to 6-8 year olds.
When Amelia and her cousin Alcolu is told about the "surprise shower" Mrs.Rogers is having for Ms.Alma they were confused, and then they realized, that a surprise shower is where friends "shower the special someone with gifts for the occasion.
So of course Amelia and Alcolu had a gift too.
The motto of this story is "its ok to be yourself, even if being yourself means strange and comfusing".
I recommend this book to any child, its fun and easy to read.
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By TAYLOR on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Amelia Bedelia series book Amelia Bedelia and The Suprise Shower from a 4 year olds perspective was a funny and entertaining book. She is told to do something and she literally does it. To quote from the book "Amelia Bedelia do run over this with an iron." Amelia Bedelia got the iron and literally ran over the table cloth with her feet and the iron in her hand. Amelia Bedelia is a great series for younger kids and a good way to teach them to read. It also helps them to understand two ways of looking at things.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TAYLOR on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The Amelia Bedelia series book Amelia Bedelia and The Suprise Shower from a 4 year olds perspective was a funny and entertaining book. She is told to do something and she literally does it a quote form the book "Amelia Bedelia do run over this with an iron." Amelia Bedelia got the iron and ran over the table cloth with the iron in her hand. Amelia Bedelia is a great series for younger kids and a good way to teach them to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Graham on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Amelia Bedelia is always a simple, fun and entertaining read! In this volume, we find Amelia and her cousin in charge of setting up a surprise wedding shower for a friend of her employer Mrs. Rogers. In typical Amelia Bedelia fashion, the literal meaning of the requests and orders given and the intended meaning are two different things entirely...it's always fun to watch kids register that the words in the story really do mean two different things (like filling a bowl with cut flowers...simple, yet taken literally, you get something entirely different from it...this is the joy of Parish's writing). Parish always does it with just the right amount of frivolity and light-hearted humor that it's impossible not to love Amelia Bedelia despite all the trouble she causes! I love the Amelia Bedelia series as a read aloud because it's so much fun, but the Amelia Bedelia series is also ideal for young readers, especially those just starting to read on their own! There are not a lot of words on each page, but what is there is easy to understand and conveyed succinctly and with humor and the illustrations are perfectly matched to the text (with a slightly old fashioned feel to them). You just can't go wrong with these books!
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