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review 2017-06-17 23:58
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish,Fritz Siebel

Genre:  Humor / Housework / Maids / Jobs

Year Published: 1963

Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Greenwillow Books

Series: Amelia Bedelia #1




I have a confession to make: even though I had read the “Amelia Bedelia” books when I was little, I had never read the very first book in the “Amelia Bedelia” series, which has surprised me since I thought that that would be the first thing that I would have read (but, I was a kid back then and I just read whatever was put in front of me). So, I finally got the chance to read the very first book “Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish along with artwork by Fritz Siebel and I was pleasantly surprised by this introductory book into the popular “Amelia Bedelia” series!

The story starts off with Amelia Bedelia starting her first day of work at the household of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Rogers left Amelia Bedelia a list of things she must do around the house while the Rogers are out. Before Amelia Bedelia went to work, she decided to make a lemon meringue pie for the Rogers once they get home and after she finished making the pie, she started going through the chores she has to do around the house. The first task that Amelia had to do is:

“Change the towels in the green bathroom.”

Sounds simple enough, except that Amelia thought that Mrs. Rogers had meant changing the designs of the towels and Amelia ended up cutting the towels into odd shapes. Next, Mrs. Rogers asked Amelia to:

“Dust the furniture.”

Instead, Amelia Bedelia took some dusting powder from the bathroom and dusted the furniture with it.

How much more damage will Amelia Bedelia cause in the Rogers’ household?

Read this book to find out!

I cannot believe that I waited until just recently to actually check out the very first book that jumpstarted the fantastic “Amelia Bedelia” series! I was quite impressed with how simple yet hilarious this story was and it is clear to see why the “Amelia Bedelia” series remained to be well -loved by children all over the world! Peggy Parish did a great job at writing Amelia Bedelia’s character as Amelia Bedelia remains to be a charming and likable character who usually takes things extremely literally and the fun in the story is seeing Amelia Bedelia do bizarre things with the chores she has to do around the house, such as a simple task of putting out the lights turn into Amelia Bedelia literally putting the lights outside to dry out in the sun. Fritz Siebel’s artwork is simplistic, yet cute at the same time as Amelia Bedelia is always drawn with an innocent look on her face and is always wearing a black dress with a white apron in front, signifying her status as a maid. I also loved the way that Fritz Siebel illustrated Amelia’s escapades in the Roger household, especially the scene where Amelia is dressing up the chicken as they were hilarious to look at. I also like the fact that the colorings are mainly in green and white colors as it makes it truly stand out from other children’s books that usually have black and white colorings in the artwork.


The reason why I took off half a star from the rating was that I felt that the pacing was a bit slow in some places and I sort of wish that they trimmed down the activities that Amelia Bedelia has done around the house just so the pacing would be faster.

Overall, “Amelia Bedelia” is a must read if you want to read about how Amelia Bedelia’s adventures began and if you are a huge fan of the “Amelia Bedelia” book series! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-04-07 22:22
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Level 2) - Peggy Parish,Wallace Tripp

I personally grew up reading Amelia Bedelia when I was younger. My mom would read this book to me and I would read this book all myself. Amelia is a funny character that loves to do thing you tell her to do but literally. I can share this book with my classroom just to have a book to giggle at and to have fun with. 

RL: 2.8


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review 2017-03-31 02:54
Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish,Fritz Siebel

Amelia Bedelia is a fun series that students would love. There are a variety of lessons to go along with it. The first lesson I would use this book for is to teach idioms. The students could "be detectives" and search for what her phrases really mean. You could also teach cause and effect with this book.


Lexile Level: 340L

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text 2016-11-12 02:38
Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish,Fritz Siebel

Amelia Bedelia is so funny!  Your students will love to read about all of her crazy mishaps.  With Amelia Bedelia, you can teach about idioms, which would be helpful for English speaking students or ELL students.  Also, students can practice detailed, expository writing to help Amelia not make so many mistakes!

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review 2016-11-10 19:40
Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish,Fritz Siebel

This book is so much fun! I never read Amelia Bedelia in elementary school however, I read it or the first time a few weeks ago! These books are so funny and I believe a younger child would enjoy reading her books. Amelia Bedlia is a housekeeper that et everything mixed up when she is left a note to complete a task. In this particular book, she is asked to dress a turkey. She think she is asked to dress the turkey in clothes an does so instead of getting the turkey ready to be cooked. I could use this book in my classroom to introduce homophones and/or idioms. I believe this book could be a great example for either of the two topics in either grade. It would be easy for the upper grades to notice the problem and but could possibly be harder for the lower grades to to understand right off. This ook is a level of 2.5.

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