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Amelia Bedelia's First Vote Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006209405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062094056
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School:New York Times Bestseller“Readers will giggle over Amelia Bedelia’s mishaps, and her genuine joie de vivre may assurage first-day fears.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Amelia Bedelia wears her new picture-book format well…[it] works beautifully as a new way to encounter the gaffe-prone gal.” (ALA Booklist)

Praise for Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine: New York Times Bestseller“[Amelia Bedelia’s] ingenuous spirit will continue to capture hearts.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Herman Parish is the nephew of Amelia Bedelia's creator, Peggy Parish, and the author of many books about Amelia Bedelia. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.



Lynne Avril is the illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including a picture book series about Amelia Bedelia's childhood adventures. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.


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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By Laura D. on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved Amelia Bedelia as a child. As a Civics teacher I wanted to get my daughter a book about voting. This book is cute, but it's not as funny to have a ridiculous child taking things so literally as it is to have an adult. If you are a big fan of the adult Amelia, you might want to think twice before getting this.
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By Karen Cunningham on July 1, 2013
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My granddaughter is really into reading and she asked for Amelia Bedelia as a Christmas present. Hope to expand her collection this Christmas.
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By Madigan McGillicuddy on November 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The joke of the original Amelia Bedelia books - that a grown woman could be so literal-minded - loses a bit of it's punch in these picture books featuring a grade-school Amelia. Here's my favorite "knee-slapper" from the book - after running in the hall, Amelia ends up falling and going to the nurse's office. She asks the principal if she's in trouble and he replies, "What would you do if you were me?" Amelia replies, "If I were you, I would wear happier ties." More hilarity ensues as the kids vote on whether or not to have "homework-free-Wednesdays." Sure to be a popular title in any election year.
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Amelia Bedelia books have been classics for a long time. This new series of books show us what Amelia was like as a child. She is still taking things literally and it can be quite funny! In this installment she learns about voting. Her class is having an election. This would be great to use with kids to discuss elections!
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