Thank You, Amelia Bedelia (c.1)

by Peggy Parish

Other authorsBarbara Siebel Thomas (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1993



Local notes

R Par (c.1)




HarperCollins (1993), Edition: New Ill, Hardcover, 64 pages


Preparing for the arrival of an important visitor, a wacky housekeeper follows her employer's instructions with humorous results.


Original publication date


Physical description

64 p.; 8.79 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Kcarline143
Amelia takes a literal sense on Aunt Myra visiting the Rogers'. She needs to get the house ready. Aunt Myra and Amelia get along just fine and can't wait to visit again.
LibraryThing member the_hag
Yes, we always enjoy Amelia's adventure's and in this volume, we find Mrs. Rodgers rushing about getting read for Great-Aunt Myra visit. As usual, she gives Amelia a list of things to do while she's out and about (make a jelly roll, strip the sheets, check Mr. Rodgers shirts) and off she goes
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fulfilling those requests in the absolutely literal way that only Amelia Bedelia can! Kids will be amused to no end as Amelia tries to roll jelly around on the counter and paints checks on Mr. Rodgers out for her spot's a doozy! Amelia Bedelia books are a fine way to introduce children to the concept that what we say isn't always EXACTLY what we mean! Great for read aloud stores for kids age 1-5 as well as a fine beginning reader book for ages 5-7. Kids of all ages will love the hilarity of how Amelia gets the job done! Another hit with my kids!!
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LibraryThing member jhill06
Genre: Fantasy
Critique: This is an example of fantacy because when Amelia paints all Mr. Roger's shirts, cuts out the spots in Mrs, Roger's dress, and rolls jelly all over the floor, she wouldn't be able to fix everything with a pie.
LibraryThing member claseliteratura
Great-Aunt Myra is coming for a visit and everything must be perfect when she arrives. So Amelia Bedelia stars doing a lot of things around the house and Mrs. Rogers is not too happy about it. Finally Great-Ant Myra arrives and she thinks that Ameilia Bedelia knows how to make anybody at home. It
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is a fun story for young readers.
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LibraryThing member sroeck
A fun first easy reader. it is fun to see even how seemingly simple instructions can be misconstrued. This book is a great way to show how to be more precise in language and how important language is.
LibraryThing member kefoley
Mrs. Rogers gives Amelia Bedelia a list of chores to do around the house before their houseguest, Great-Aunt Myra comes to visit. Amelia Bedelia surprises with the way she twists around the list of chores. Mrs. Rogers is worried how Great-Aunt Myra will react to Amelia Bedelia different ways. This
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is a funny read for children.
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LibraryThing member KellyKnox
Although I think the language and themes are always age appropriate in Amelia Bedelia books, I just never find them to have a lot of substance. She's just a little too wacky for me. I think kids find the situational humor funny, but I'm also not sure they totally get some of the actions, jelly
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rolls, etc. I don't disapprove of Amelia Bedelia at all, but I think I'd choose a Frog and Toad book as an Easy Reader of Amelia.
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LibraryThing member PaigeCostella
Amelia Bedelia has to get the house ready for the Roger's great aunt Myra who is coming to visit. Amelia does exactly what Mrs. Roger's says. Mr. and Mrs. Roger's are shocked when they come home and see what Amelia Bedelia has done to the house and their clothes. Aunt Myra comes and she and Amelia
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get along great and Aunt Myra can't wait to come visit again.
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LibraryThing member rgraf1
A funny story about Amelia Bedelia, a housemaid who has to prepare many things for the visit of Great-Aunt Myra. She misunderstands a lot of things but in the end all goes well because Great-Aunt Myra loves Amelia Bedelias apple pie. A nice story with illustrations suitable for children who just
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learned to read.
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
All the typical Amelia Bedelia stuff happens while everyone is in a frenzy to get ready for Great-Aunt Myra. The Rogers are very worried, until Amelia Bedelia pulls out a wonderful apple pie. Best part:
Amelia Bedelia is asked to separate three eggs, so she scatters them throughout the room. She's
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then asked to pair the vegetables, so she puts them in pairs. She says, "'Here, you two go together- and you two. Now be careful, or I'll be separating you, too.'" (41)
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Hilariously literal housemaid Amelia Bedelia returns in this second early-reader adventure, once again creating chaos as she interprets the instructions she is given in unexpected ways. With a visit from Great Aunt Myra in the offing, the Rogers household is thrown into something of a tizzy, and
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Mrs. Rogers asks Amelia Bedelia to do such things as strip the sheets, check Mr. Rogers' shirts, and remove the spots from her special pink dress. When the much-looked for guest finally arrives, the Rogers are aghast to realize that once again their maid has misinterpreted their commands. Will Aunt Myra be offended by the mistakes? Or will Amelia Bedelia's delightful apple pie set all to rights...?

First published as a picture-book in 1964, with artwork by Fritz Siebel, this second Amelia Bedelia title was rereleased as part of the prestigious I Can Read series in 1992, with revised illustrations done by Siebel's daughter, Barbara Siebel Thomas. I recall reading this, and many of the other Amelia Bedelia books as a young girl - I must have read the original picture-book version of this particular one - and enjoying the hilarious series of mix-ups they contained. Entertaining and educational, these books will have beginning readers giggling, conscious that they are in on the joke, while they also learn some lessons about the importance of idiomatic expression, and the dangers of taking everything literally. Highly recommended to beginning readers with a taste for humorous tales, or to young people with a literalist bent themselves.
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LibraryThing member HillaryBertucci
This book was very funny to me, I love how the author continues Amelias character over the series of her books. I think children appreciate Amelia Bedelia because she shows how practical people can be just like them.
LibraryThing member slbenne1
The literal-minded Amelia Bedelia has done it again. In preparation for Great-Aunt Myra's visit, Mrs. Rogers has asked Amelia to do several tasks. Of course Amelia took her directions literally and ended up shredding sheets, cutting up Mrs. Rogers dress, and stringing beans on a line. But Mrs.
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Rogers could hardly be upset, because in the end, Great-Aunt Myra felt right at home.
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LibraryThing member aehunter
The literal minded Amelia Bedelia is at it again! While getting ready for Great Aunt Myra's visit Amelia must tackle several difficult tasks that she does not understand, but does anyway. All the while she is doing them wrong, but one thing she does right is cooking an amazing pie that Aunt Myra
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cannot get enough of.

Teaching Ideas: Humor, Sarcasm
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LibraryThing member mferaci
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia follows Amelia, a maid in the Rodgers household, as she preps the house for great Aunt Myra's arrival. It is very important to get the house just right for great Aunt Myra because she does not usually stay at other people's houses because she is only comfortable in her own
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home. As usual, Amelia takes her task list literally and ends up rolling jelly on the kitchen floor instead of making an actual jelly roll dessert. The whole thing almost goes up in flames, but Amelia's delicious pie saves the day. While an a adult would wonder how Amelia still has a job, kids think she is hysterical. Growing up, this was a personal favorite of mine. There really is not an astounding plot, but kids love how silly Amelia is.
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LibraryThing member LexaGoldbeck
I really love all of the Amelia Bedelia books. One of the main reasons I love these books is because they are humorous. For example, Amelia Bedelia will be told to do something like, "strip the sheets off the bed," and then on the next page you see her literally stripping the sheets and ripping
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them apart. This happens with every command Amelia is given. Another example is when she was told to get the spots out of a pink dress, and she gets a pink dress with spots out of the closet and literally cuts the spots out of the entire dress.

There isn't really a "big message" of this book, per say. However, I do think that there is an idea. No matter how much you mix something up, you can still do something right. For example, throughout the entire book, Amelia mixes up all of the instructions that are given to her, but, in the end, she makes a delicious apple pie that her Great-Aunt Myra absolutely loves and praises Amelia Bedelia and says, "That Amelia Bedelia really knows how to make a body feel at home. Thank you Amelia Bedelia." So even through all her mistakes, she is still successful at making Great-Aunt Myra feel at home.
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LibraryThing member KellyLPickett
Amelia Bedelia is the house maid for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers who are nervously trying to get the house ready for Great Aunt Myra's visit. Mrs. Rogers asks Amelia to do several things for her, but Amelia mistakes the her meaning in every one. When asked to "strip the sheets" she literally tears them
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into strips. When asked to "separate the eggs" she places one behind the clock and another on top of a wardrobe.
This is such a fun book filled with word play. It would be great in talking about vocabulary words and how many different meanings words take depending on the context.
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LibraryThing member kslack3
Amelia Bedelia is a lovable, silly children’s story for beginning readers. I love it because of its humour and amusing story line. The comic relief caused by Amelia Bedlia’s character’s honest mistakes make the story so enjoyable, especially to a younger audience. An example of this is when
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Amelia is told to separate eggs; instead of cracking the eggs and separating the yolks from the whites, she sits the eggs apart from one another in different locations in the kitchen. Another aspect of this book I liked was the language used. The author uses simple diction and sentence structure which makes this book ideal for emerging readers. For example, the author says “Amelia Bedelia opened the package. She unfolded each shirt.” This simple subject + verb sentence structure is continuous through the book as well as simplistic diction. The main message of the story is to not take everything literally, like Amelia Bedelia did.
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