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Come Back, Amelia Bedelia (Amelia Bedelia #4)

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Amelia Bedelia gets in trouble by doing exactly what she is told. When Mrs Rogers asks for cereal with her coffee, Amelia puts cereal in the coffee and gets fired. Wherever Amelia tries - beauty shop, dress shop, doctor's office - she gets mixed up. Can she do anything well?
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 18th 1995 by HarperCollins (first published 1971)
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Rajiv Mote
Sep 01, 2015 Rajiv Mote rated it liked it
This episode highlights the tragedy of unfulfilled potential that characterizes the Amelia Bedelia stories. Amelia Bedelia, whose life is a daily list of failures in her duties as a maid, is fired and sent away to seek other employment. She wanders through town looking for anyone willing to pay a wage, and flubs each interview, piling rejection upon rejection. Finally, with nowhere else to go, she returns to the Rogers house and does what she always does to placate them: bakes her marvelous dess ...more
Randi Johnson
Mar 07, 2015 Randi Johnson rated it really liked it

Amelia Bedelia was one of my favorites growing up. Amelia always means good but throughout the series she misunderstands many of the instructions given to her as a maid. These misunderstandings cause her to perform incorrect actions with a comical effect. This stems from Amelia being very literate because she came from a very literate family. Most of her time is spent with the Rogers, a very wealthy family who doesn’t catch on the how literate Amelia is. In this particular book, Amelia goes out
Libby Erwood
Feb 25, 2015 Libby Erwood rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish was one of my favorite books as a child and I am so glad that I found it again to read! Reading books when you are younger and then again when your almost 20 gives you such a different perspective on them, which is very cool. This book follows Amelia Bedilia in her struggle with always taking every suggestion or task she is given extremely literally. I like this book because there is action on each page accompanied with relatable pictures, making it a mu ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Linden rated it really liked it
Shelves: lis-510, easy-to-read
Come Back Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish was one of my favorite books growing up. It helped me not only strengthen my reading skills but gain a love for reading stories that included humor and detailed illustrations. This easy to read book chronicles the life of Amelia Bedelia who is a maid who just cannot seem to hold down a job. Every job she gets, she runs into some kind of trouble that ends up getting her fired from each one. Amelia does everything she is told by every employer, however, she ...more
Katie Clark
Dec 09, 2011 Katie Clark rated it really liked it
A an easy read for children in the second and third grade. Amelia Bedelia is in search of a new job but she has trouble following directions. This book can be used to show children the importance of thinking before you act and in following directions correctly.
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
Mar 28, 2014 Kerri (Book Hoarder) rated it really liked it
These books are adorable and a great way to discuss language and meaning with kids. :D They have the benefit of being pretty funny, too! Definitely classics in my opinion, I hope that libraries still carry them.
Sara Bland
Apr 27, 2015 Sara Bland rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Amelia Bedelia is always getting herself into trouble. She starts out as a maid and then gets fired. The rest of the story brings the reader through all of her mishappen jobs that she tries out throughout her day. At the end of the day she is feeling sad and lonely so she goes back to the family she was a maid for just to finish the desserts she had begun in the morning. The family takes her back in and she is so happy, and not minutes later she begins messing everything up again. This is a cute ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Tdan marked it as to-read
Shelves: leo
I think Amelia Bedelia has try hard in works. She always want the master satisfied what she was doing.
Mar 29, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-selection
This book is one of my favorites growing up. I love all the Amelia Bedelia books, I think they are just those type of books with humor that will always make people laugh no matter what age. I love the humor in this book. When I was younger and I would read this book I would always feel so bad for her because all she would do is try and help people, and every time she would always make thing worse, because she took everything that people said literal. I think this book is a great easy read for se ...more
An Odd1
Sep 07, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Smiles never stop. Amelia still totes a hard Queen Liz style purse, proper maid outfit - white collar, cuffs, bow, and apron bows bedeck black tights and dress. Shock of red bangs peep from yellow flowers on black up-brim hat. Stout Mrs Rogers has prim gray curls, greedy double chin, pearls, presides over double-decker suburban splendor, and demands cereal with her coffee this morning, just after Amelia pulls cream puffs from the oven.

Fired, Amelia works through village help wanted signs. Nobod
Claire S
Feb 13, 2009 Claire S rated it it was ok
Loved these as a child, and still the different parts come to mind for no reason, like 'drawing the drapes,' and 'dusting the furniture.' So when I re-discovered them with my daughter, was delighted. Reading it as an adult though took a bit of the fun out for me.. as the cause for confusion is Amelia's Irishness apparently. Not so funny (for me) anymore.. I mean, sure, not taking things seriously is good, but still. Would love it if someone redid them, without that flavor, as it shows kids both ...more
Jamie Winslow
Amelia Bedelia was a maid in a family's home. One morning she was making cream puffs and when the wife came in and asked for breakfast. The woman thought the breakfast was terrible and told Amelia Bedelia she must go! So she started down the street. She first came to a beauty shop that was looking for help. She went in and started pinning up a customers hair. She was doing a horrible job and the beauty shop owner told her to leave. She continued down the road when she came to a dress shop that w ...more
Lindsey Hooker
Dec 16, 2015 Lindsey Hooker rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
Poor Amelia Bedelia. She can never get her orders right. She's done it again. This time it was putting coffee in Mrs' Roger's cereal. Now she's off to find a new job. Join Amelia Bedelia on her search for a new job; one that she won't create such a mess at. This easy-readers will bring lots of laughter from your child, and will help them learn the difference between literal and figurative commands and demands, something Amelia has a hard time with too!
Mar 31, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
These were another childhood favorite of mine while growing up. The stories are rather funny, and I found myself laughing all the way through this one. In this story, Amelia is doing exactly what she is told, so that is why she can't keep a job. For example, she is told to file paperwork, so she takes out a nail file and starts filing the pages. Kids would really enjoy this because it is something silly for them to read, but it is also slightly longer and more like a chapter book than traditiona ...more
Stephanie Jobe
May 01, 2012 Stephanie Jobe rated it liked it
I’ll admit I am one of those people that when I’m watching one of those movies with the bumbling character I tend to hide even more than I do in the horror movies. Growing up I think that feeling started with Amelia Bedelia. Yes I sometimes laughed like most kids, but mostly I cringed. I think I’ve spent my life in fear of people like Amelia Bedelia (you know they’re out there). However I know tons of people that grew up tickled to death by her and I find her much easier to read now. As she take ...more
What a blast from the past! I asked our daughter to start choosing "new" books at her school library, instead of her usual animal/girlie pink choices. She came home one day saying she saw this really old book, and when she attempted to say the title, I knew exactly what she was talking about! I said, "Bring it home!" Super exciting to share a book with our daughter that I enjoyed immensely as a child. I believe I read all in the series, and would definitely recommend for some silly fun!
Rosa Cline
Aug 04, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids
Usually Amelia Bedelia books are fun to read, but this one I didn't like at all. And almost stopped reading it to my 3 year old granddaughter. All throughout this book people where telling Amelia to 'go away' or 'get out' and being angry with her. The wording was very negative and mean toward to her.
Mark Baker
Mar 01, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, picture-book
One of my favorites in the series finds Amelia fired from the Rogers and taking her literal act to other businesses as she tries to find another job.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Feb 20, 2014 Brandyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brett
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Kyra Boettcher
Jun 03, 2015 Kyra Boettcher rated it liked it
The book was ok. Amelia is pretty clueless. In this book Amelia goes into different places. She see's WELP WANTED signs on the windows. She goes in a beauty shop,dress shop,business place,and a doctors office. She went back home. And she got hired back.
Apr 08, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing
"What is this?"
"It is your cereal with coffee."
...and of course Amelia mixes the coffee IN the cereal. However, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have had it with Amelia taking all of their instructions literally and fire her. Nonetheless, Amelia searches all over town at the beauty parlor, the dress shop, the office (where she was asked to file some papers and she actually took a nail file and filed the paper into shreds ...oh Amelia!), the doctor's office, etc. Yet, none of these jobs worked out for her. J
Melissa McLees
Feb 11, 2014 Melissa McLees rated it it was amazing
This book kinds of reminds me that it is sometimes hard to find our place in this world, but if we try we will realize that we need friends and family to.
Natalie VanDusen
Sep 11, 2015 Natalie VanDusen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-life, humorous
Hilarious! I love how optimistic and enthusiastic she is about jobs she know nothing about. As always, Amelia Bedelia doesn't disappoint!
Jan 08, 2014 Mmouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Amelia Bedilia books. I've never laughed so hard while reading a book to my daughter.

You know how when you read aloud and your eyes read ahead of what is actually coming out of your mouth, well half the time I was laughing so hard about something before I managed to read it out loud to my daughter. She kept giving me weird looks until I finally managed to read it to her.

It's been quite a few years since I've read the books but I loved every Amelia Bedilia book and plan on getting ah
Mar 06, 2015 Sheri rated it liked it
These stories wear me out - the fist and original Amelia Bedelia book is enough madness for me
Apr 08, 2012 Laura added it
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Parrish, Peggy. Come Back, Amelia Bedelia. (1971)

Annotation: Amelia Bedelia loses her job at the Rogers's house, so she goes to town to look for another job. Every job that she tries in town, she mess up and so they all fire her. Then Amelia remembers that she forgot her cream puffs back at the Rogers's house. When she returns, Mrs. Rogers ask her to stay and apologizes for being mad.

Themes:following directions, forgiveness, making mistakes

Ways to use with children: You can use this book to talk
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
This was awesome. I loved when she stole the bases....and ran home with them hahahah
H.L. Stephens
Mar 11, 2015 H.L. Stephens rated it it was amazing
The ultimate sweet-natured literalist does it again in this fun children's book.
Feb 11, 2014 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son liked the last part of the book, especially when Amelia heated up the can of soup.
Nov 12, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
One of my absolute favorites. Totally by personal preference and nostalgia.
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Peggy Parish was the author of the children's story series Amelia Bedelia. The series was continued, after her sudden death from an aneurysm, by her nephew Herman Parish. Peggy attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Herman honored Peggy's life in his book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, by writing in its dedication: "For Peggy Parish, the real Am
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