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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Ill edition (January 18, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060267003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060267001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,912 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.



Wallace Tripp studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He has illustrated more than fifty children's books. Mr. Tripp and his wife run a greeting card company in Peterborough, New Hampshire. They have three children, two dogs, and two cats.

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Amelia Bedelia is one of my favorite characters.
Andrea
This may be one of the books most accessible to young readers because the terms used in the sport are still valid today.
Mark Baker
The kids were wonderful in this story and patient, and it was a fantastic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Downey on April 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a child, I read many Amelia Bedelia books and never tired of them. As an adult, I am looking forward to sharing so many of the stories with my own child. The fact that Amelia takes everything so literally allows for countless scenarios which children (and adults) will find hilarious. Whether "stealing home plate" or "dressing the turkey," Amelia always surprises and delights. Children will be begging parents to read these stories again and again. We can all use good, clean humor in our lives. The time to instill that love of laughter should begin in childhood, and the Amelia Bedelia books will certainly delight children everywhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Cabral on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I came across this book while looking for books about baseball for my preschooler. Not much to choose from in this niche market, but this book is a hit! My son thinks it's funny when Amelia Bedelia "steals the bases" and "runs home". Wish there were more books like this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Bauer on July 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
We took a trip through 4 states and had purchased 5 sets of books on CD. They all worked out great. We put them in our portable DVD player w/double headset jacks and 2 of us could listen at the same time. We laughed together at how silly Amelia Bedelia can be. Great purchases with many years of enjoyment left in them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
Not since Abbot asked Costello "Who's on First?" has the national pastime been taken so literally. Taking things literally is precisedly what Amelia Bedelia has been doing ever since she first became a housekeeper. Tell her to "Dust the furniture" and she will dutifully find the Dusting Powder and do as she was told, even though at her house they undust the furniture. In Peggy Parish's "Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia," the Grizzlies baseball team is in trouble when one of their players gets sick and they need a replacement for their big game with the Tornadoes. Who steps up to the plate to save the day up the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia.
The fun, of course, comes when the kids tell Amelia Bedelia to tag a runner or make a base hit. Then there is the uniform that she comes up with (you need a uniform to play baseball, right?). The illustrations by Wallace Tripp capture the fun as Amelia Bedelia plays the game of baseball like nobody has ever played it before. Besides, you should see what Amelia Bedelia looks like when she swings a bat. Fortunately, one things she knows how to do right is to fix an empty cookie jar because she makes really great cookies (although she has doubts about using home plate to serve them on to her teammates). Fans of Peggy Parish's creation will enjoy seeing her on the baseball diamond while there might be some fans of the sport who will be introduced to the literally-minded housekeeper for the first time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Grizzles need an extra player for their baseball game that afternoon. Fortunately or unfortunately, Amelia Bedelia agrees to help out. She knows nothing about the game, so she must learn to step into the ball to hit it (ouch!), how to tag someone, and how to run home. But will she help them win their game?

It's amazing how much jargon there is in baseball, and this book really brings that out. While Amelia Bedelia is still taking everything literally, she's some of this book relies on the jargon of the sport. Either way, there are still some great laughs. This may be one of the books most accessible to young readers because the terms used in the sport are still valid today. If anyone is familiar with the game, they'll get the jokes.

There is a plot with the baseball game itself, but that's outcome is never really in question. Still, it does drive the story more than many books in the series.

All told, this is another fun outing for the literally minded maid. Young readers and their parents won't want to miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea VINE VOICE on January 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Amelia Bedelia is the housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. (I would say she's probably about 18?) She takes everything literally; doesn't understand figures of speech. Because of this, she gets into some very interesting situations. But she does have an incredible talent: cooking, because she follows directions verbatim.

In this particular book, there is a person missing on the ball team, and Amelia offers to fill in. Because of Amelia's literalness, will there be a disaster? Will Amelia's team win or lose? Will Amelia need saving?

I love Amelia Bedelia books. If you haven't been lucky enough to discover her, I recommend these books.

Amelia Bedelia is one of my favorite characters. Even though these are children's books, I find a bit of coziness in these books. I have loved Amelia Bedelia every since I discovered her (when my kids were little.)
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By Elizabeth A. Curry on September 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Themes: Sometimes the literal meaning of certain phrases is not what they are intended to mean. Even if you get confused, holding a positive attitude and trying hard will pay off in the end.

Summary: Amelia Bedelia, a housekeeper who takes everything literally and knows very little about baseball, is recruited by the Grizzlies to play in their big game against the Tornados. The Grizzlies are short one player because he is sick. The humor begins when Amelia Bedelia shows up in her "uniform" to play the game. From that point on Amelia continues to take everything extremely literal. She "tags" players, and "puts them out". The story reaches its climax when Amelia Bedelia hits the game winning home run and on her way around the diamond, "steals" all the bases, and then "runs home" just like the Grizzlies tell her to do. When Amelia gets home she thinks that baseball is a very strange game. The Grizzlies show up, announcing they have won the game thanks to Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia serves cookies to the boys on "home plate" in celebration, even though she thinks it is a strange plate to be serving cookies on.

Evaluation: This is a very humorous fun story for children to enjoy and learn to read with. Amelia Bedelia is a lively well-rounded character. The fact that she takes everything completely literal will amuse children greatly. This in turn gets them interested in finishing the book, and even reading it themselves!

The lively colorful illustrations capture the fun and humor within the book. For example, they help to depict Amelia Bedelia in her "uniform", and "tagging" the other players, as well as "stealing the bases".

Overall this story is an excellent book to spark interest in reading for young children.
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