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Amelia Bedelia (Amelia Bedelia #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  70,070 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
From dressing the chicken to dusting the furniture, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her. ...But somehow things never turn out quite right.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1963)
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Kristin (KC)
Oct 11, 2014 Kristin (KC) rated it it was amazing
Recently read this to my daughter, and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed these books as a child.

Amelia Bedelia -- such a literal character -- always taking every word at face value, never able to read between the lines...and I still find her well-intentioned antics heartwarming and hilarious!

My daughter seems to agree. Great childhood read!

Sep 04, 2014 Erica rated it it was amazing
Once upon a school day, I think when I was in second grade (so this would have been pre-1980, I believe), we went on our bi-weekly library outing. The librarian had us sit in front of her in the storytime area and whipped this book out. She read it to us.
That may have been when I realized my love for wordplay.
I don't think I'd ever laughed so hard in storytime in my life.
That librarian read us a lot of good books (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Charlotte's Web(that was in third grade and it
Four stars today, adding a fifth star because of how much I loved this as a child.

And it's still hard not to like Amelia Bedelia. She is such an adorable, unintentionally funny individual, so earnest. It's hard to really be mad at her for doing what she thought was right, though she makes a mess of things (I'm sure many kids can relate to that!). I always loved her ruffled lacy apron and blue hat with the pink flowers on it. The illustrations fascinated me with all the old-fashioned furniture an
Jan 01, 2013 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childish
Amelia Bedelia!!
This book seriously stressed me out as a child. It was funny, but I was concerned about how much she always messed up!
Crystal Marcos
Nov 20, 2012 Crystal Marcos rated it it was amazing
This is a combined review of mom and daughter. I think as I child I loved this one as much as my daughter. As an adult, a little bit less because of the repetitiveness in the read aloud. I found myself wanting to just say Amelia instead of Amelia Bedelia. However, I still would happily continue reading this to my little one.

Amelia Bedelia is hilarious fun. She doesn't quite get what is being asked of her on her first day of work. She does everything on a list made by her new employers, but she d
Sep 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite childhood books. This also explains a lot about me and my opinon on the English language.
Mar 03, 2016 Gela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silly but cute.. My little one liked it.
Jun 11, 2016 Rossy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, funny
This is the first book of the Amelia Bedelia series and I can't believe it's over 50 years since it was written!
The illustrations are cute and she is so funny!
It's her first day at work as a maid for the Rogers family. They gave her a list of chores to complete when they go out, but she takes everything so literally that she messes all up! They end up "forgiving" her because she made the most amazing lemon pie.
I giggled when she "dressed the chicken"... in a cute little jumper!
Dec 14, 2009 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1974-2002
Later in life, when conversation turned to books one read as a child...and after exhausting my fond memories of Frog and Toad...I recalled this character.

"Amelia Bedelia..."
"You're pronouncing it wrong. It's Uh-mee-lee-ah Buh-dee-lee-ah. Hold on."
"Where are you going?"
"Making sure I didn't miss taking my pill."

So, note: "Amelia Bedelia" doesn't rhyme with "Oh-Hell-yeah Regalia".
Oct 11, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-to-read
Amelia Bedelia, written by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Fritz Siebel, is an easy-to-ready story with a mixture of dialogue, action, and different text (written cursive and typed text). The meain character is Amelia Bedelia and she is a silly maid who takes everything literally. She is hired by Mrs. Rodgers to clean her home and prepare dinner while Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers are out. Amelia Bedelia performs every item on Mrs. Rodger's list exactly as it says-even going to extra to bake a Lemon Mer ...more
J. Boo
Dec 02, 2016 J. Boo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, yo.
Shelves: read-to-kids
Overly literal maid Amelia Bedelia begins a new job and gets everything wrong.

One of the joys of parenthood is that it serves as a motivation to pick up exceptionally good children's classics that one has heard of, but missed during one's own childhood. And a second joy is sharing them with an eager and appreciative audience.

DS#1 (age 5) and DD (age 3) both demanded an immediate reread the first day, and then cadged an afternoon and evening reading on the second. It's been in heavy rotation sin
Jun 03, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
Happy 50th Birthday, Amelia Bedelia! You are still as dizzy and literal as ever. "Please dust the furniture and dress the chicken." The anniversary version of the very first title, written by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Fritz Siebel, that I picked up at my library is not the one pictured. It's a large format hardcover with the original cover art. 'The Story Behind the Story' at the back of the new edition gives lots of fun details about Parrish and her humorous creation, as well as a glimpse ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Classic story about a young housekeeper who misunderstands her directions and follows her to-do list literally. A fun read for older children, although I had to explain some of the items, since they aren't commonly used (at least in our house!)

This story was selected as one of the books for the November 2012 - Classic Picture Book Characters reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Tricia Douglas
Nov 12, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book for children learning the English language. As a third grade teacher for 30 years this was one series that we read to illustrate the use of puns and idioms. These books are funny if you let yourself drift back to your younger years.
Jan 20, 2016 Cataluna6 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely book, I enjoyed reading Amelia's interpretations from the list of jobs left by Mrs. Rogers. She takes everything literally, as kids often do, with very funny results. I think this would be a great book in a classroom setting.
Shawn Remfrey
Dec 27, 2016 Shawn Remfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Bedelia is one of my childhood favorites. I had a difficult time understanding idioms and that has passed down to one of my children. Looking back, I realized that she was the reason that I was able to communicate with people who used them.

In this book, Amelia begins work for a family. She's a dedicated worker and puts all of her effort into finishing the list of chores that the family has written out for her. Problems occur when the instructions are unclear. Amelia follows them to the 't
Margaret Chind
Nov 12, 2014 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Edelweiss
I am over the top delighted about this special book. In a great picture book size, this jacketed hardcover anniversary edition is fabulous. Featuring the jacket, artwork and story from the original 1963 edition which brings a treasure to life for today's young generation of children. These illustrations are made with variations of green and black (including grey) and it is very neat to be able to compare the vintage classic the the full color we are able to see in the little I Can Read! version ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 05, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

Well, everybody knows the antics of Amelia Bedelia, the maid who takes everything literally. This is the first book written about the famous maid, that made her such a beloved literary character. My son loved the book, thought it was just absolutely hilarious and couldn't believe how "stupid" she was. "Stupid" is a word we are not allowed to say in our house so I asked for another word to describe Amelia and he came up with "very dumb". {sigh
Samantha Sheeran
Feb 09, 2012 Samantha Sheeran rated it it was amazing
Amelia Bedelia, by Peggy Parish is about a housekeeper with a very literal mind. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers leave Amelia a list of chores to do while they are gone. To Amelia "drawing the drapes" literally means taking a pencil and paper and making a picture of the drapes. "Change the towels in the green bathroom" means phsycially changing their appearance with scissors. These are just examples of chores Amelia takes literally. When the Rogers return home Mrs. Rogers becomes very angry. However, there ...more
Rachel White
Dec 04, 2012 Rachel White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-read
Ooh Amelia Bedelia. We all love her. She is such a literal person. Yet we all adore her. I grew up following along with Amelia on her crazy adventures. My mom used to read them to me, and now I can't wait to be able to read them to my daughter.
Amelia Bedelia is your typical household maid. She comes over, cleans for you, does any extra chores you may need done for the day, and then she goes home. However, her way of doing these chores is not so typical. In this story, Amelia is asked to do thin
Nov 28, 2011 shranicky rated it it was amazing
This easy-to-read book is just that, it’s very easy to read for children. Amelia Bedelia is hired as a maid for the Rogers family. Mrs. Rogers gives her a list of chores to finish while the family goes out for the day, and even though Amelia tries as hard as she can, she can’t seem to do anything right. On the chores list, there are many things to do. But, before starting the chores, she makes a pie to be nice. The first thing Amelia is asked to do is to change the towels in the green bathroom. ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Colby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: easy-to-read
Amelia Bedelia is a fun loving story about a maid who gets everything backwards. She starts out as her first day ever as a maid for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Mrs. Rogers has left her a long list of chores to do while they are gone for the day. Amelia Bedelia does exactly what the list asks her to do...just not in the way Mrs. Roger's meant for her to do them. When she's asked to dress the chicken, well she thinks she has to dress the chicken...she actually dresses the chicken in clothing! When the li ...more
Catherine Kirk
Oct 30, 2011 Catherine Kirk rated it really liked it

This book is the funny story of a maid on her first day of work. Her boss, Mrs. Robinson, can’t be there on her first day of work, so she leaves Amelia Bedelia a list of tasks to accomplish during the day. She does everything exactly as the list says. When the list says “dust the furniture” she puts Mrs. Robinson’s dusting powder all over the furniture. From literally drawing the curtains to dressing the chicken by putting clothes on it, she follows the list exactly. However when Mr.
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
I read a lot of Amelia Bedelia books growing up. I remember her doing all kinds of strange things but didn't remember what. It was nice to revisit this book after such a long time. It was humorous all of the silly things she did like hang the light bulbs outside instead of turning them off and actually drawing the drapes on paper, not shutting them. She misinterpreted the entire list. When the Rogers got home and nothing was done the way they asked it to be done, Mrs. Rogers was furious and woul ...more
Elizabeth K.
Mar 11, 2016 Elizabeth K. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-lucy
Wow, Amelia Bedelia, still bringing it after all these years. I had picked this up at the library for my daughter because I vaguely remembered liking it as a kid, but when I got it home and flipped through it, I was fairly convinced that it wouldn't really work -- it felt to me like there were a lot of references that my kid has no context for. I'm certain I've never used the phrase "dress a chicken," I'm almost sure I don't say "draw the drapes," I don't think she's ever seen that kind of dusti ...more
Caitlin Sweeney
Mar 05, 2012 Caitlin Sweeney rated it it was amazing
Text summary: A wealthy couple hires a maid to do household chores while they leave for the day. Amelia has the best of intentions of pleasing the Rogers. She does the chores exactly how they are written, word for word, in the most literal sense. Even though she did what they “asked”, Amelia almost ruins their house by completing their to-do list.

Visual summary: Colorful pictures on almost every page make this book very appealing to young children. Amelia has an upbeat, innocent personality so
Kathryn Cullen
Oct 30, 2011 Kathryn Cullen rated it it was amazing
This book is a good easy read book for children. It contains a lot of humor to keep children engaged in reading. The vocabulary is simple. This book is also a good book to teach about meaning of words and phrases. Amelia Bedelia is instructed to complete a "to do" list. On that list there are many things to do. The first thing Amelia is asked, is to change the towels in the green bathroom. The literal meaning is to physically take the towels that are in the bathroom and replace with new ones. In ...more
Melissa Mckee
This story is about a maid named Amelia Bedelia that is hired by an older couple. During her first day she encounters some complications with the chore list she is given. Her thoughts of what the list tells her do is different than what the couple had in mind. This book contains detailed illustrations that help the reader imagine each task that is being done by Amelia Bedelia. The book helps the reader open their imagination to the thought process of Amelia Bedelia and her requested chores. The ...more
Ellen (more books, please)
Amelia Bedelia. What can I say. I always wanted my parents to hire a maid, but I could never decided if I wanted Amelia Bedelia or Hazel.
I was a very literal child and I could totally identify with Amelia. I mean, I had often had those same questions. Seriously, wouldn't dusting mean to put dust on it? The chocolate covered fish, a picture that will stay in my head all my life.
But as an adult with kids who take everything literally, I was able to read them Amelia in all her incarnations and use
Gina Valdes
Feb 06, 2012 Gina Valdes rated it it was amazing
Amelia Bedelia is another one of my favorite books for young readers. I remember reading these stories countless times with my parents as a child. This book is very different from other children’s books in the sense that adults can find it funny as well. While I was just reading this, I was literally laughing out loud. Kids will find the silly things Amelia does extremely entertaining and leave them wanting to read more. It’s a great book that children and parents can enjoy together. The vocabul ...more
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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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