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

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Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about the first day of school.


New friends
A new teacher
Her own desk
Music, books, gym, art
Recess and lunch
Amelia Bedelia can't wait.

What could be better?

School! School!

Hooray for school!

Amelia Bedelia has been making readers laugh since 1963, when the first Amelia Bedelia book was published. Now, for the first time, you can mee
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Greenwillow Books (first published July 1st 2007)
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Rhonda Lee
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
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
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
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
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
Kelsey
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
Michelle
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
Jen
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
Hannah
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
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
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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
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Megan
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
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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
Dolly
Sep 09, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Stephanie
I adored this book, though the reason behind Amelia's actions (she is VERY literal)confused my five year old.
Beth Harati
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
Erica
Feb 13, 2014 Erica added it
About a girl who listens to everything literally.
Jo
Good book to ready to our Amelia.
Jennifer Park
I really enjoyed this story because it reminded of myself on my first day of school. Amelia Bedelia is a little girl who prefers to be called by her whole name and she takes everything literally. Some of my students may be able to identify with Amelia and others may not. This book would be read to my students on the first day of school. I would use this story to allow my students to compare themselves to Amelia. My students will share the similarities and differences between their feelings about ...more
Monica
This book was just okay. In my opinion, it doesn't have a whole lot of educational value to it. Also, I think that kids who haven't already started school will be confused by most of the things that happen and are said in this book. Children who have started school already, will surely be amused by Amelia's silliness and enthusiasm for everything. While I can't really name any particular themes that this book has, I must say it is good to have a character for children who is so positive-minded.
Kaitlyn
This is a great book to read on the first day of school, especially for first year teachers. The story takes you through Amelia's first day of school, which is full of humor. The author uses homophones and homographs to make Amelia's character interesting and entertaining for young children... and even older children too! The illustrations enhance the text and helps younger children understand the humor of the book. I really liked this book and it is a great read aloud for the first day of schoo ...more
Lauran Ferguson
I love the Amelia Bedelia book series! These books are fun, exciting, and creative. It would be a great book to read to a Kindergarten class on the first day of school to try and get rid of some nerves or discomfort. School can be scary for young children and I believe this book just might be able to release some of the fears and insecurities. It really shows children that school will be an exciting new experience. There are also some activities in the book that a teacher could reenact in their ...more
Sandybear76
used this book as an introduction to the standard Amelia Bedelia's books. This is a large picture book. The second graders loved it and we talked about the silly way Amelia Bedelia did things as compared to how you are suppose to do things. Amelia Bedelia literally glued herself to her chair and the students knew that meant they should stay in their seats. The teachers were even grinning as I read the story.
Lauren
Amelia Bedelia is a great series for young children. These books have very good morals and the story lines teach good lessons. I was not a fan of reading when I was younger, but Amelia Bedelia was a series I always enjoyed. The books are funny and entertaining. They spark interest from the very beginning of the book and keep your interest till the very last page. The whole series is a very fun read.
Dtksgirl mejia
I loved the Amelia Bedelia books as a kid and i love seeing how she grew up. Rest in peace Peggy.
Christina Davis
My boyfriends niece read this book to me. She's 7 yrs old and in the first grade. She was able to breeze through it without any mistakes.

I did like the use of punctuations to express emotion. I was able to help Leah differentiate Mrs. and Miss. I would read this book on the first day of class to pre-k or kindergarteners. It might loosen them up and ease their anxieties about school.
Carla
Amelia Bedelias First Day of School is a realistic fiction book about Amelia starting first grade. She is very excited and talks to lots of people and only gets in a little bit of trouble. This book could help a child relate to similar experiences that they had on their first day of school or will have in the future. I liked this book and enjoyed reading it and relating to Amelia.
Deanna Mcdonough
This book is all about Amelia Bedelia's first day of school. I remember reading Amelia Bedlia when I was younger. She is quirky, she does excately what you tell her to do. So if someone tells her to hop on the bus, she'll hop to the bus and on it. The book is great for young readers. There are many pictures, and easy sentences. This was a fun book to read.
Auttumn C
I was alittle upset after reading this book because I was looking forward to laughing as much as I do at the original Amelia Bedelia books but I was alittle let down. Although this is a cute picture book the Amelia Bedelia book series is perfect just the way it is there is no need to start a new series with her as a younger girl.
Megan
This book is hilarious! It’s Amelia Bedelia’s first day of school and she is so excited about all the fun activities. She is trying to be a good student and listen to everything the teacher says which ends her in really silly situations. This is a great book to start the school year because it is funny and the students would love it.
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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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