Amelia Bedelia

by Peggy Parish

Paperback, 1993



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Harpercollins Childrens Books (1993), Edition: Newly Ill ed., 64 pages


A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

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LibraryThing member onyx95
Starting a new job is always a bit uncertain but Amelia Bedelia dove right in. Luckily Mrs. Rogers left her a list of exactly what she needed to do. Even though Amelia thought it was strange to want your furniture dusted instead of undusted, she found the dusting powder, and put it on all the
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furniture. While she worked on completing the list of odd requests, she also made a pie for her new employers. After finding the mess Amelia made of her list of instruction, Mrs. Rogers was about to fire Amelia when Mr. Rogers helped Mrs. Rogers taste the wonderful pie.

Reading with my children is so much fun, now they are reading to me, this is one of our favorites. The way Amelia misunderstands the instructions on the list is humorous and also points out how easy it can be to misunderstand someone’s meaning or intent. This fun story really helps open communication and even though some of the references (trim the fat or draw the curtain) have to be explained, the opportunities that are opened are wonderful.
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LibraryThing member conuly
I loved this one growing up. Really. Amelia Bedelia always choose the funniest possible interpretation of words, and her name rhymes! What's not to love?

The one thing I'd be concerned about is that a lot of the usages in this book are going to be unfamiliar to your young kid. I don't think many of
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us say "draw the curtains" anymore, and even if we do, we probably don't often talk about "trimming" steak (with or without lace!) or "dressing" chicken, at least, not around our kids. Maybe we should, but we don't.

So this book might be better saved for read-aloud time than read-alone time.
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LibraryThing member ShannaThomp08
Another series of transition books the Amelia Bedelia series by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Wallace Tripp. I give these series of books a rating of 4 ½. I give these book this rating because I feel like students will find them very enjoying because of the way Amelia deals with situations.
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There are many books about Amelia Bedelia, but the one that sticks out to me is the story Come Back , Amelia Bedlia. In this story Amelia Bedlia is getting fired from jobs where she is doing exactly what the people tell her to do, but not the way they want it. It is really funny and it will teach students how literal meanings when people say certain things and with that being said I will use this these series of books to teach difference in meanings from literal meaning to actual meaning.
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LibraryThing member lep119
This book is silly and such a fun picture book! This book would be a wonderful beginner's reading book and is so funny. The book follows Amelia Bedelia as she begins her first day of work for Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers. As Amelia begins her list of "things-to-do" her lack of knowledge of the job leads to
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some hilarious misunderstandings when it comes to the basic housework! Just as a sneak peak, one item on the list is to "Change the towels in the bathroom", after contemplating this concept, Amelia proceeds to cut up the towels which she thought completed her assignment of changing them! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and I am so glad I added it to my library!
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LibraryThing member dchaves
Amelia Bedelia the Mr. Bean for kids. Always the unique way to problem solve. This is much more of a girls book.
LibraryThing member the_hag
This is surly a kids favorite since I was a little girl! We join Amelia Bedelia as she starts her first day of work for the Rodgers. They rush off shortly after she arrives, but they've left her a list of things to do. Should be a snap, as all the tasks are simple and clearly stated...but that's
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what you think...Amelia Bedelia begins completing each chore in quite a literal fashion...drawing the drapes and much, much more! Younger kids (1-4) will like the silliness of it and beginner readers and more savvy grade schoolers (5-8) will like that's it's simple and clever/silly too! I recommend it without reservation! I'm sure Amelia will be with us, teaching fine lessons about the words we use and the many means they can have for generations to come!
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LibraryThing member DianaHarger
This is a story about a maid who gets hired to clean a fancy house. It uses the element of humor to relate to the reader by having the character of Amelia Bedelia do everything "backwards" on her list of chores. She takes her list very literal were it becomes very silly. She makes a lemon pie
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during her day, and when her employer gets home he forgives her due to the pie just being so delicious.
I love this story!! I read this series of books when I was a young child. When I was in school, we took a field trip in Kansas to a production of this play. It was very humourous.
I would have my class think of funny sayings that could be taken in different contexts. Also, having them make a lemon pie, as in the book, would be a fun treat!
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LibraryThing member Cottonwood.School
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
LibraryThing member bnray
A cute, funny story about a quirky girl who is hired to be a maid and seems to take everything too literally.
LibraryThing member sbpagac
This book was always one of my favorite books to read. I absolutely loved it! It is comical when Amelia reads her list of chores and takes those words a little too literal. By the time the homeowners come home, Amelia has drawn the curtains on paper, dressed the turkey in clothes, and other quirky
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things. However, how could anyone ever stay made at her when she makes such good pie? I think the biggest strength in this book is the unintentional humor of Amelia.
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LibraryThing member KristinWhite
This book is great for children kindergarten to second grade. It teaches children that there are different interpretations for different phrases. Just like Amelia thinks dressing the dinner, means putting clothing on it.
LibraryThing member ashleylegan
I grew up on Amelia Bedelia Books--I always found them hilarious! These are great for kids who are in the process of learning how to read and also to read to younger children. The whole book is just a play on words, for example, when Amelia is asked to "dress the chicken," she actually puts clothes
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on it instead of marinating it and when she is asked to "draw the drapes," Amelia pulls out a drawing pad and pencil and sketches them instead of simply opening them.

I think this is a funny, easy book for children to read--it is very entertaining and silly with fabulous illustrations. The play on words helps children understand that many words have more than one meaning.

After reading this book, I would have my class brainstorm some more words that may have more than one meaning and create a funny story for it. We could have so many great activities branching off of this book!
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LibraryThing member leighanngoodwill
Amelia Bedelia is a maid who takes following directions to a whole new level! When asked to draw the drapes, she gets out her notepad and draws a picture of the drapes. When asked to dress the chicken, she thinks, 'Should this be a boy chicken or a girl chicken?' The owners learn quickly how they
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need to give instructions to Amelia, and they also can't help but keep a quirky maid who makes a wonderful pie!
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LibraryThing member anncampbell
Timeless classic. Amelia has been hired as a housekeeper. On her first day of work she's left a list of instruction on what needs to be done. She follows the instruction on the list but her understanding of what she's supposed to do and what her new employers want is completely different. This book
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is silly and funny, for example she draws a picture of the curtains instead of closing the curtains to keep the sunlight out.
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LibraryThing member bethlynlucas
Amelia Bedelia is a great character for children. She does everything wrong but with the best intentions. She will have children laughing. The pictures help to tell the story which is important for young readers.
LibraryThing member txanstolte
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
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Powder' in the bathroom, and proceeds to sprinkle it all over the living-room furniture and floor.
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LibraryThing member dbhutch
This book was ok , It is about a main who gets everything wrong
LibraryThing member sweetiegherkin
The original Amelia Bedelia book is just as delightful as when it was originally published decades ago. Poor Amelia Bedelia is left at the grand house alone on her first day of work as a maid for the Rogers. She has a list to follow but her literal-mindedness causes her to read the directions all
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wrong. Luckily, her supreme baking skills save the day. Personally, Fritz Siebel’s illustrations don’t delight as much as Lynn Sweat’s do, but I do like the unusual choice of black, white, and green illustrations.
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LibraryThing member RebeccaStevens
This is the first Amelia Bedelia book. Her classic mishaps occur because she takes everything literally. When she is told to dust the furniture, she shakes dust all over everything. When she is told to dress the turkey, she makes a cute pair of overalls for it. Everyone forgives her when she makes
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a luscious lemon meringue pie.

I have always thought Amelia Bedelia was hilarious. Her stories always show how confusing the English language is, and how much we take it for granted that what we say makes sense to everyone. My own children roll their eyes at me whenever I ask them if they really meant what they said, like when they say they need me to run them to town.

This is a classic book to use in an English grammar lesson for 3rd grade and up. Younger children are confused by these stories. This book is one of many Amelia Bedelia adventures, so readers can easily find more if they like this one.
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LibraryThing member allawishus
Another childhood favorite! It's easy to see why the character is so perenially popular - she's very sweet-natured and her literalness appeals to children, I think, who often wonder about idioms that seem not to make sense. She also doesn't get in trouble for her inadvertant misdeeds, which is
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reassuring to the age group. The illustrations are cute and colorful; I love Amelia's black-dot eyes. The Amelia Bedelia books are written with a controlled vocabulary, making them very popular as easy readers.
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LibraryThing member vadnama
The illustrator for this title was Fritz Siebel, and he did an incredible job with it! Peggy introduces her amusing housekeeper to the world as Amelia begins a new job, housekeeper for the Rogers'. A list of chores is taken quite literally by Amelia, and we accompany her while she goes about her
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day - putting out the lights, dusting the furniture, drawing the curtains when the sun shines through the windows, and making a special treat for her new employers: a luscious lemon meringue pie.
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LibraryThing member missamellon
Sometimes kids need to laugh at grown-ups. Amelia Bedelia provides the perfect opportunity becaue she makes so many comical (but understandable) mistakes. This is one of those easy-readers that will get kids so caught up in the story they'll forget it's hard!
LibraryThing member brikayama
Amelia Bedelia and I go way back. I enjoyed reading her books as a young girl. I love that she is so naive and gets away with it because people just adore her. Is awesome to see that my daughters enjoy her stories as well. She will continue to be a favorite for generations.
LibraryThing member ksolberg
Amelia Bedelia takes a job as housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers but mucks everything up when she takes her list of chores too literally. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers forgive Amelia when they taste her famous lemon meringue pie that she made as a surprise.
LibraryThing member pdye
Amelia goes to work for a couple and they give her a list of jobs. She does each job just as instructed but she gets the meanings of the instructions confused. she ends up making a bit of mess of the house by putting clothes on the chicken (dressing it) and changing the towels by actually cutting
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them instead of just getting new ones out. In the end though her wonderful lemon pie saves the day and she gets to stay although jobs are worded better from then on.
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0590477641 / 9780590477642

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