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Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book) Paperback – December 26, 2012
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“The hilarious antics of a housekeeper whose literal interpretations of her list of chores lead to some extremely funny messes.” (School Library Journal)
“The new maid, Amelia Bedelia, was so eager to please that she followed her instructions to the letter with the kind of silly results that will make kindergarten children giggle.” (Publishers Weekly)
“The younger children for whom this nonsense makes a good read-aloud, and those older who will find it easy to read, will giggle through its series of jokes.” (Horn Book Magazine)
“Amelia Bedelia, the new maid, slightly suggests the famous Mary Poppins, but she makes her entry discreetly through the doorway, on her two feet, instead of blowing in on the wind. Thisis purely a ‘silly’ book, with no lesson to impart, but it will seem hilarious to young children.” (Saturday Review)
Top Customer Reviews
If you aren't already familiar with Amelia, she is a literal minded maid who uses dusting powder to "dust" the furniture, a pen and paper to "draw" the drapes, and ribbon and lace to "trim" the fat on the steak. It's a vintage story so some things are old fashion and out of date. I had to explain "drawing" the drapes and "dressing" the chicken to my five year old. Mr Rogers, Amelia's employer, is smoking a pipe in the first picture and there are several pictures of Mrs. Rogers wearing a fox stole (you know the ones with a full fox head). Also in the end notes there is a picture of Peggy Parish's "Let's Be Indian" - cringe worthy.
Really though, it's a funny story and my son belly laughs through most of it. It's a treat be able to buy a new copy of a vintage classic.
I tend to like the I Can Read Books, anyway, but this one in particular helped my daughter, because she was so fond of the story itself.
Amelia Bedelia is loveable and absurd. Kids can really relate to the humor -- Amelia Bedelia finds herself in trouble over misunderstanding the dual meanings of words.
This is a good illustration of what not understanding the full meaning of a word can do to a person (and all the trouble that it can create) and it's something that every child has come across at some point or another.
It is ridiculous and funny, and what kid doesn't like ridiculous and funny?
This is a good one, particularly for girls, I think, since the Amelia is female, and there don't seem to be as many books out there starring women or girls as there should be.
Amelia Bedelia's peculiarities make for a memorable story -- one that kids will read over and over, and one that parents won't mind sitting in on. This book is highly recommended. (Okay, okay, I loved it when I was a kid!)
And hey, be sure to catch all the other Amelia Bedelia books as well.
I was this past weekend with two boys, ages five and seven, on a car ride.
While sitting with them and trying to make conversation, I remembered the long lost book, Amelia Bedelia.
I I had read it with my own daughter, many years ago.
Even though the two boys had not read the book, I explained to them some of the things that Amelia Bedelia used to do when left alone in the house.
We spent the rest of the ride with them thinking of "other" things Amelia Bedelia would be capable of doing.
Those two young minds were working overtime trying to figure all kinds of "do as told" (literal) things that Amelia might do.
Not for a second they wondered "are we there yet?" And we all laughed and had a wonderful time.
This is why I came tonight to amazon.com to get this two little ones a copy of the book.
I know they will get many hours of entertainment reading and talking about the book.
I don't think too many children books are able to do that!
And I also know that I will be back at amazon.com getting other books on the series to give to children in our family. It is a wonderful way to encourage reading and thinking.
Children today, when faced with so much television and other media, can use more of both thinking and reading.
Especially while having a great time!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my favorite book when I was little so I had to buy it for my daughter. The book was in excellent condition.Published 2 days ago by Melissa Rupley
I bought this for my daughter when she first started 2nd grade. This book made her laugh. I use to love this series when I was her age as well. I would recommend it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Shannon
Just what I wanted. The original book updated, just the way my adult kids remembered it.Published 19 days ago by Marie L. Sorensen