Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia (c.1)

by Peggy Parish

Paperback, 1994



Local notes

R Par (c.1)




Avon Books (Mm) (1994), Edition: Rei, Paperback


As Amelia Bedelia helps Mrs. Rogers prepare for Christmas, she bakes a date cake with a calendar in it and stuffs the children's stockings with turkey stuffing.


Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — 1989)
Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award (Nominee — Grades 3-5 — 1989)
Flicker Tale Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 1988)

Original publication date


Physical description

5.5 x 0.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ht_storytime
Very funny Christmas story for storytime - it's amusing to see Amelia do everything wrong. However it is a little long, and the ending is weak.
LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Amelia Bedelia proves that she is not up on her Christmas vocabulary as she stuffs stockings with stuffing, cuts the tree with scissors to trim it, and makes a date cake by cutting up a calendar. Mrs. Rogers is worried about impressing Aunt Myra, but she proves to be a kindred spirit to Amelia
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Bedelia, and loves the mirror at the top of the tree with a "you're a star" sign. Of course it also helps that Amelia Bedelia makes a rockin' spice cake!
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LibraryThing member r13
This is one of many Amelia Bedelia books that humorously show the literal meaning of common idioms. Teaching students to explore idioms in their writing would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce Amelia Bedelia books for students to understand how their audience may understand (or misunderstand)
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those catchy idioms that elaborate and describe details.
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LibraryThing member macfly_17
This is a cute silly story about Amelia helping Mrs. Rogers to prepare for Christmas. Amelia does almost everything wrong, but it all works out in the end.
LibraryThing member awidmer06
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Appropriateness: Primary-Intermediate
Review: This book is a good example of realistic fiction because the narrative presents a true depiction of life set in present day. Amelia Bedelia responds and interprets tasks in unusual ways, which captures the reader's attention.
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In this story, Amelia Bedelia has to get the Rogers' house ready for a visit from Aunt Myra. By placing Amelia in charge, the Rogers will be completely surprised with the way she completes the decorating tasks.
Media: This book is a good example of color pencils and black pen media. The black pen gives a precise outline of the figures while the color pencils provided various shading, color, dimension, and textures. Both art mediums compliment each other and capture the text in a clear manner.
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LibraryThing member tati4books
Amelia Bedelia works for Mr. and Mr. Rogers. She is an excellent helper but she understands everything literary. What a great discovery for her and us readers as she prepares the house for Christmas the way she understands the list left by Mrs. Rogers, such as a date cake with the dates from a
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paper calendar and big popcorn ball to put on the Christmas tree. Color markers and black pen provides scenes for language learners to make sense out of the ambiguous phrases Parish managed to use so naturally. Excellent book to work cultural awareness in the US and the meaning of the sentences.
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LibraryThing member terios
This book is from a series of books following the very unique lady, Amelia. In this book, it is Christmas time and Amelia is beginning to prepare for the celebration. From baking very odd cakes to stuffing stockings with very unique things. This is a great and funny book for students to enjoy.
LibraryThing member MesserPicks
Reading Amelia Bedelia brings back so many memories from elementary school. I remember reading these books over 10 years ago. Any child would love any of the Amelia Bedelia Books. They are so hilarious. The pictures are also so fun and vibrant. These would be great books to read aloud to younger
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children and talk about what mistakes Amelia makes!
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LibraryThing member kredlove
These are always fun books for teaching children about synonyms
LibraryThing member auntieknickers
Children seem to find Amelia Bedelia's literal interpretation of things said to her extremely funny during the stage where they themselves are learning that words can have more than one meaning, the use of metaphors and idioms, and other peculiarities of the English language.
LibraryThing member hartung_r
It Christmas Eve and Amelia Bedelia has lots to do in the Rodger's house before aunt Myra comes. She looks at the list Mrs. Rodgers left her. She begins to complete each task, but she takes it literally. Such as stuff the stockings, make a date cake, she puts dates from the calendar in it, etc. I
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would use this book as it is a funny story about figures of speech and not taking them literally. This book is good for ages 4-8.
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LibraryThing member Brettch
I enjoy Amelia Bedelia books for the reason that when I am working with a student who is learning English and does not know some of our wacky terms, these books can help. Amelia books have a lot of "play on words." For example "dust the drapes" and Amelia puts dust all over the drapes. I think that
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even kids who know english find these books funny and young readers get a kick out of her. As long as a young reader is interested in what they are reading, then they will keep reading, and that is very important.
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LibraryThing member lruano
Amelia Bedelia is helping Ms. Rogers prepare for Christmas. But everything she does she does incorrectly. For example, Ms. Rogers want her to make a dates cake, so Amelia starts cutting up a calendar to put dates in the cake while she bakes it. This is a very funny story everyone will enjoy. All
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the kids will be laughing while they read it.
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LibraryThing member ehayne1
Amelia Bedelia is loved by all children, including me. In this book, she ends up placing dates from a calendar into a "date" cake, putting a mirror on top of the Christmas tree so that everyone could be a star when they looked into the mirror, and stuffing stockings with stuffing meant for a
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turkey. This book catches and holds the attention of all readers because they cannot wait to see what silly mistake Amelia Bedelia will make next. The pictures also help break up the long sections of text and add to the hilarity of reading the book. The main message of the book is that mistakes are okay and sometimes they work better than what the original product was supposed to be.
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