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Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Level 2) Hardcover – September 30, 1992
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Amelia Bedelia is a housekeeper who takes her instructions quite literally. Reading the list of chores that her employer has left her, Amelia begins with "Dust the furniture." How odd, Amelia thinks to herself. "At my house we undust the furniture." Nonetheless, she dutifully locates the "Dusting Powder" in the bathroom, and proceeds to sprinkle it all over the living-room furniture and floor. Next she is asked to "Draw the drapes when the sun comes in." So of course, Amelia sits down with a sketchpad and gives it her best shot. Children love reading about the antics of silly Amelia Bedelia for myriad reasons. It's an early reader book, so children in primary grades can take satisfaction in reading the book on their own. But, even more thrilling, children who are 6 and older can successfully interpret the figurative meaning behind most adult idioms. Being told to "keep an eye on the cat," for example, might compel some preschoolers to stick their eyeballs on a cat's face, eliciting peals of laughter from know-it-all grownups. But older children know better, and they love the fact that they know better. Young readers will find this bumblingly charming, eager-to-please housekeeper as irresistible as Amelia Bedelia's employers do. (Ages 6 and older) --Gail Hudson
“Right on the button for juvenile humor! This book is for that stage in life when the acme of wit is considered to be a questions like this—‘How can I sit UP when I’m sitting DOWN?’ A perfect blend of text and pictures spiced with humor.” (K.)
“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. This is purely a ‘silly’ book, with no lesson to impart, but it will seem hilarious to young children.” (Saturday Review)
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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.
This very nice-looking edition now stands behind the glass door of of my hutch, proudly displayed with my other treasures.