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Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece (I Can Read Level 2) Paperback – June 10, 2008

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From Booklist

For a gal who's 44 years old, Amelia's looking pret-ty darn good! In fact, she hasn't aged a bit, thanks to Sweat's watercolor-and-pen drawings of the lovable housekeeper in her familiar hat, apron, and striped dress. The first Amelia book was published in 1963 as a 32-page "reader" that later became an I Can Read book. Now, 20 books later, her high jinks and wordplay have extended to 64 pages with more story and fewer—but more involved—malaprops. Her visit to an art museum is framed with surprises as she accidentally foils a forgery attempt and catches the thief. A bust of a Roman (roamin') man, a realistic art installation, and figure paintings provide targets for cleaning, chuckles, and misinterpretations. The pagination cleverly puts the numbers on small paint tubes. Amelia's longevity is testimony to her popularity. You go, girl! Cummins, Julie --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The author lives in Princeton, New Jersey.



Lynn Sweat has illustrated many Amelia Bedelia books, including Go West, Amelia Bedelia! He and his wife live in Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 340 (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Level 2
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060843578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843571
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
There are so many great Amelia Bedelia books, but this is not one of them. It is very clear this is not by the same author as the books by Peggy Parrish. Is this book's greatest crime that it is extremely boring and wordy, or that it sends some very problematic messages about vigilante mercy?

Aiding and abetting, obstruction of justice - I am not sure what the correct term is for the extremely cringe-worthy moment when Amelia tells an art thief "I believe in you!!!" followed closely by her helping the thief to evade the authorities and escape. What... just what????

I was really hoping for a cute, 10 minute bed times story, not a meandering 30 minute travesty plus a 15 minute conversation on why we have a legal system in place.
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Format: Paperback
Another in the long line of Amelia Bedelia books -- this one longer than usual. It also required more than the usual amount of explanation to the kids, because they were unfamiliar with art museum terms, such as "reproduction", "bust", and "figure." An especially odd part of the story happens when a teacher with a class of students passes Amelia Bedelia in the art museum, and asks Amelia to babysit one of her students who is feeling ill. The Amelia leaves the boy painting on a wall while she goes off to watch another painter. Somehow the whole babysitting thing seemed unnatural -- who would leave a child like that? -- and the puns seemed forced. Publisher recommended for ages 4 and up, but might be better for older kids, 2nd and 3rd grade.
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I read these and loved them and she 6 and reading already and asked for these. I live in Canada, but have a US address and the price difference was amazing. Not sure why since our dollar is worth more. But I was able to get her more of them and all involved were happy. GREAT books for new readers.
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Format: Hardcover
Amelia Bedelia visits an art museum. She is immediately fooled by a sculpture called Birdwatcher, convinced that this work of art is a real person. Mrs. Rogers introduces her to Arthur Stiles, the director of the museum, who suggests that she look around the museum and then they'll figure out a way she can help as their newest volunteer.

At the gift shop, Amelia Bedelia purchases a genuine reproduction of a bust (a sculpture of the head, shoulders and chest) that looks just like Cousin Alcolu. She heads off to explore the museum and immediately comes across the real bust of Cousin Alcolu. Noticing that the bust she bought (which she refers to as a "real fake") is in better shape than the original one, Amelia Bedelia swaps the busts. She places the "worth less" one on the pedestal and puts the "price less" one in her bag so she can take it home and clean it up.

It looks like Amelia Bedelia hasn't made such a wise decision, right? Little does our literal-minded housekeeper know that this one action will have serious consequences for herself, Mrs. Rogers, Art and the museum. Will her entire visit be a bust?
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Format: Hardcover
America's favorite befuddled housekeeper is now exploring the art world. Of course, a big museum is a treasure trove of opportunities for Amelia Bedelia to turn misinterpretation into an art form that young readers will never forget!

Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece is filled with glorious illustrations that move the story along and underscore the meaning of the word play.

Recommended!
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