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Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School (Young Amelia Bedelia)

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The New York Times bestselling picture book! Amelia Bedelia goes to school and mixes up just about everything in this funny picture book about the childhood of the iconic character.

The first book in the nationally bestselling series about the childhood of America's favorite literal-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school—after all, w
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published July 1st 2007)
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Chrissy The hard cover from the library Greenwillow Books 1st ed. is about 9 1/4 by 10 3/4 inches (23.5 by 28.5 cm). It is a good size, not too small.

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Jun 11, 2016 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: children-s
Absolutely LOVED this book!
Amelia Bedelia, who loves her first name, is so fun and creative and spontaneous! She takes everything literally and I promise you will laugh out loud ( I did, at every page, I swear!).

I recommend it to everyone :)

PD: This was mi first Amelia Bedelia book. I will read ALL OF THEM <3
Jul 13, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish is a lovely and humorous children’s picture book about little Amelia Bedelia’s first day of school. Amelia experiences the school bus, music class, gym class, lunch, as well as her new teacher and friends! The author describes Amelia’s literal perspective on different tasks throughout the day. For example, when Amelia’s teacher told her to “Glue yourself to a seat” Amelia did just that! Also, when her friends asked her to jump rope, she place ...more
Emma Berholtz
Mar 28, 2016 Emma Berholtz rated it really liked it
2) Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish is about a very excited little girl who loves all things about school. She does not necessarily pick up on social queues or what to do, but it is okay, this is her first day. Amelia Bedelia is very proud of her full name and prefers to be called her name in full. She does a lot of cool things like mold clay and make princess crowns. Amelia makes a lot of new friends, and learns the school lingo, even though she stumbles along the way.
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Samantha Jorgens
Feb 02, 2016 Samantha Jorgens rated it really liked it
In the children’s book, Amelia Bedilia, a quirky little girl named Amelia Bedilia is excited about starting her first day of school. However, one humorous part of Amelia’s personality is that she takes everything too literally. Everyone thinks that Amelia is hilarious because she actually does what is requested, such as literally putting her nose in a book, or running like a cheetah on four limbs. Amelia is unable to see that she is not doing things correctly and is eager to return the following ...more
English 212
Jun 15, 2015 English 212 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paige-2015
I absolutely adored this book. I had never read the original Amelia Bedelia books but this was wonderful. She is so creative and fun but not in a way that gets her in trouble, more in a way that all children should be by following their own path. I love that she takes everything so literally but is not deterred by it and finds a way to still have fun and make everyone around her love her. She is not into making trouble, only making the world as colorful as she see's it. I think this teaches chil ...more
Rhonda Lee
Dec 03, 2014 Rhonda Lee rated it it was amazing
There are the classic Amelia Bedelia series that have been out for many years as she is an adult. In this story it takes you back to when Amelia Bedelia was a younger girl! It is her very first day of school and she is more than excited to be attending her first day of all the that they will be doing. Readers will get to see Amelia Bedelia in a younger version but she is still the same ridiculous and humorous girl that she is in the classic stories. As she enters her first day of school she make ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Jun 04, 2010 Bridget R. Wilson rated it liked it
Amelia Bedelia is a familiar face and name to many young readers. In this new book, we get to meet the young Amelia Bedelia. We can see that she's doesn't change much (in looks or actions) when she grows up.

What I thought: delightful! I read the Amelia Bedelia books when I was in elementary school. I'd forgotten how much fun she was. While some might think her odd, I find her logic very logical. She takes people at their word. Can't wait to see the next book in this young Amelia series.
Kendrick Goodman
Apr 23, 2014 Kendrick Goodman rated it it was ok
Shelves: easy-reader
Amelia Bedelia series will always be loved by children of all ages. What makes them so great are the puns and misuse of words that the children catch on to immediately. The children are learning while enjoying a simple book about a silly woman who always gets things messed up. This particular book in the series is perfect for students on the first day of school. A great read aloud that will grab the students' attention and encourage them to read more. There are many activities that could be done ...more
Amanda Lyons
Apr 27, 2010 Amanda Lyons rated it it was amazing
This book takes the grown up character from the old books and turns her into a small child. It made me puzzled when I pulled it outr of our library bag but as I read I was jsut as charmed with this as I was with the old books. A great read especially for small children heading into school.
Kirsten Mellin
Sep 23, 2014 Kirsten Mellin rated it it was amazing
I love to read about Amelia Bedelia's mishaps with taking phrases literally. I kind of wish Amelia Bedelia was always a young child in other books instead of an adult. I mean it has always been fun to watch the literal reactions to phrases in Amelia Bedelia books, but it would have made more sense to always have her as a child. I understand how it may be difficult to understand language sometimes for young kids and this is a fun way for them to learn all about phrases that do not necessarily mea ...more
Amelia Bedelia trots off to her first day of school. She experiences many misadventures as she takes everything her teacher says literally. By the end of the book, Amelia has glued herself to her chair and requires Miss Edward's help to unstick her bottom from the chair. Very young children may not understand all of the humor and word play in the book, but they will understand Amelia's silly antics as she glues herself to a chair and bounces into a grown up. The book could provide an opportunity ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Herman Parish has reimagined his Aunt Peggy Parish’s beloved character as a young girl in this new series of picture books. In this particular book, young Amelia Bedelia embarks on an adventurous first day of school. All of the trademark Amelia Bedelia moments are present here as young Amelia predictably misinterprets various homophones, and takes common idioms literally. Kindergartners will relate to this book because they will understand what it is like to go to school and meet a new teacher a ...more
I adored Amelia Bedelia when I was a child, and to read about her when she was a child now that I am an adult was a wonderful switch. I love the illustrations; Lynne Avril did a great job of drawing the adult Amelia Bedelia's younger self. I feel like I would have known her anywhere! And Herman Parish did a likewise wonderful job of carrying on his aunt's tradition of finding literal ways for Amelia Bedelia to understand and do things. In this book, I especially liked the conversation Amelia Bed ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
I think this is a very good book to read to a child just starting school. The Amelia Bedelia series is a amazing to begin with. Amelia Bedelia takes everything literally because she doesn't know any better. The illustrations are amazing throughout the book. Very colorful and intricate. All the teacher's names relate to the subject they are teaching. For example the music teacher's name is Mrs. Melody. There is great sense of humor throughout the book and I think it would ease a child's mind if t ...more
Johna Brown
Nov 22, 2013 Johna Brown rated it it was amazing
I remember reading Amelia Bedelia books as a child and enjoying them. Amelia Bedelia is a little girl who prefers to be called by her whole name and she takes everything literally. This particular book was about Amelia going to school. Amelia is excited about her first day of school. For example, she is excited about having a new teacher, making new friends, having her own desk, taking music, gym, and art. Amelia can’t wait! As a teacher, I would read this story at the beginning of the year beca ...more
Kristin Campbell
Oct 31, 2011 Kristin Campbell rated it really liked it
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School was a very entertaining and halrious book! The story was of the adventures Amelia had during her first day of school. Amelia took everything the teacher said literally, like glueing herself to her seat, and playing tag, when the teacher was talking about a name tag. This aspects of the book, made me laugh and I think it would make the class laugh as well and keep them interested. The illustrations in this book were very colorful and action packed
Sep 19, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing
The familiar Amelia is back but as a child! This book shows Amelia at school but with the same characteristics as the adult Amelia. Super funny book for young children! Would be a good read for the first day of school in an elementary class room.
Jan 06, 2016 Ms.Kim rated it it was amazing
LOVE this new series of Amelia Bedelia books, and she's just as lovable as a young girl. Her first day of school is memorable. The kids I read this with KEPT talking about how she glued herself to her seat. Haha.
Oct 25, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
Summary: This story is about Amelia Bedelia’s first day of school, obviously. And if you know anything about Amelia Bedelia then you know she prefers her whole name and she takes everything literally. At one point the teacher tells Amelia Bedelia to “glue herself to her seat” and Amelia Bedelie does exactly that!
Audience: K-2
Appeal: It’s a silly/funny book.
Implementation: This would be a good book to read at the beginning of the year as a way to “break-the-ice.” It would also be useful for intr
Edward Creter
Klutzy Amelia Bedelia has an origin story of sorts that answers the perennial question of how did she start? Was she born taking things so literally, or does it come naturally? The answer: a resounding YES! This one has Amelia going to school fort the first time, meeting a teacher for gym (she doesn't know WHO this "Jim" is!) and sitting her ass in that seat (the donkey does not appear, so don't even SAY "Sit your ASS down!" She'll immediately go for the Eeyore doll!). The Amelia books are great ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun book that introduces children to school with humor and a bit of silliness. As always, Amelia takes everything said very literally, with hilarious results. We've read a lot of Amelia Bedelia books, by both Herman Parish and his aunt, Peggy Parish, who created the character. We enjoy these new tales about Amelia in her childhood and will certainly look for more at our local library.
Aug 16, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book might be my favorite book in the "Young Amelia Bedelia" series. It is hilarious, and oh-so-charmingly illustrated.
Marianne Reeves
Cute story that highlights how children can take certain expressions literally and for Amelia this causes funny predicaments.
Feb 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I adored this book, though the reason behind Amelia's actions (she is VERY literal)confused my five year old.
Holly Letson
Fun, but it would have been better if they had not made Amelia seem so stupid.
Abby Morgan
Jun 08, 2015 Abby Morgan rated it liked it
Shelves: language-play
This book is witty and interesting, using figurative language to engage readers.
Realistic because all students can relate this to their first day of school.
Beth Harati
Sep 25, 2011 Beth Harati rated it it was amazing
Herman Parish has done his Aunt Peggy proud, carrying on the wonderful Amelia Bedelia series! What is special about this series is that they are written about Amelia when she is about 6. I think he has captured Amelia's personality as a child. Her adventures appeal to children as I witnessed a reading of this book to a group of children, ages 1-10, on Sat. morning for a story time. They laughed at her misadventures and appeared to really enjoy the illustrations. I am thrilled that I will have th ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Erica added it
About a girl who listens to everything literally.
Caitlyn Ford
Mar 01, 2016 Caitlyn Ford rated it it was amazing
Great book! Hope Herman Parish writes more.
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Herman Parish is the author of Amelia Bedelia children's book series, nephew of original author, Peggy Parish. Having grown up with his aunt’s tales of Amelia’s humorous misadventures, Herman decided to carry on the legacy after his aunt’s death in 1988. He did not wish to entrust the future of the series into the hands of a children’s author outside of the family. Since Peggy had the summers off ...more
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