Amelia Bedelia 50th Anniversary Library Paperback – Dec 26 2012
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Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.
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To celebrate this anniversary, HarperTrophy, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has put together a boxed collection of three of the most popular Amelia Bedelia titles. This confused housekeeper is one of the best loved literary children's characters of all time, and with such high sales and great human appeal, she might just be the most popular..
This set begins with the very first Amelia Bedelia book ever written, Amelia Bedelia. 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 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.
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, has the housekeeper helping out some of the local kids when their team comes up short for the baseball game. Amelia is so kind-hearted that even though she knows nothing at all about the game, she offers to help the team and play with them. Baseball will never be the same again! Providing the illustrations for this title is Wallace Tripp, and his eye for detail and use of vibrant colours brings the ball field to life.
Third and final in the set is one that had me laughing so hard it hurt - Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower. Mrs. Rogers and her lady's sewing circle are giving one of their members a surprise wedding shower, and Amelia Bedelia's literal mindedness turns the rather sedately planned event into a complete and utter laugh-fest. The fun doubles when Amelia's cousin, Alcolu, lends a hand. Barbara Siebel Thomas provides the artwork for this title, and the event is captured beautifully!
This set is also a part of the I Can Read Book titles, and falls into the 2nd level (reading with help). Share this delightful collection with a young one in your life, and open up the world of literary humour for them. Share the fun that Amelia Bedelia brings along with her, you won't be disappointed!
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Merry mayhem begins in the first story that introduces Amelia as she begins work as the housekeeper for the unsuspecting Mr. and Mrs. Rogers! Amelia proves, thanks to her delicious lemon meringue pie, it is indeed true, that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!
Our son found the 'Play Ball' baseball story hilarious! Once again Amelia interprets the rules of the game in her own unique convoluted way. On the field and off there is no one like her.
The third story, was our daughter's favorite. It has Amelia helping Mrs. Rogers with a Surprise Bridal Shower that turns out like no other! The results of which are guaranteed to make you laugh! Enjoy!
The main character of these books is obviously Amelia. She is a maid in home that makes many mistakes. ALL of the mistakes she makes are based on errors in understanding language.
For example, the lady of the home might tell Amelia to plant the bulbs, meaning flower bulbs. And instead Amelia will plant light bulbs. When she plays baseball with the local boys and they tell her to run home, she does- home to her house.
These oddball mistakes provide a good avenue for discussions of language and in our case we talked about what it might be like to learn a second language with all of the homophones that we use in English. We have used this series of books to talk about context clues as well.
She is adorable, fun, and all of the books are easy to read.
Enjoy. Well worth the money.