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Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower (Amelia Bedelia #3)

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In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 7th 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1966)
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Sonia
May 16, 2015 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tutoring-books
Another Amelia Bedelia story.

She's up to her antics again. Simply can't understand the directions given to her right. As usual Mr. and Mrs. Rogers doesn't check to make sure she understands.

What kind of irks me about this book though is that it seems all the laborers are dumb (to put it nicely). I was okay with Amelia being off kilter just for the hilarity of it, but its kind of annoying when it feels like all the laborers are the same. It's not exactly a nice message to portray.

It was an okay
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Liz
Nov 06, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: early readers ages 6-8
Shelves: lis-565
The Amelia Bedelia easy readers are classics in the "I Can Read" genre. Amelia Bedelia's antics are funny and captivating to young readers as she helps them learn that the same word can have many meanings. In this volume Amelia is helping Mrs. Rogers to trow Miss. Alma a wedding shower. Cousin Alcolu comes over to help prune the hedge while Amelia scales and ices the fresh fish. When Amelia and Alcolu shower Miss. Alma with the garden hose tempers flair until Amelia brings out tea and chocolate ...more
Hayley Laporte
Amelia Bedelia is in charge of a surprise wedding shower. She makes cupcakes and someone brings her fish. She puts someone in charge of pruning the hedges but she literally puts prunes on the hedges. She was told to ice the fish so along with putting icing on the cupcakes she put it on the fish too. Everything she has to do she does it very literally instead of what she is really supposed to do. Everything was such a mess but they all had a great time.
These stories are always very funny to kids
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Chandler Cash
I found this book to be a fun and interesting read. I enjoyed my time reading the story and getting to know Amelia Bedelia, which is a character I have heard before, but do not remember reading as a child. Getting to know the story was nice and made me enjoy the book a little more than if it was some story that I had just picked off the shelve.

For the classroom I think this would be a good choice for transitional readers. It has the look of a chapter book which will make it appealing to student
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Charles
Feb 05, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia Bedelia and the surprise shower was based on Amelia being a housemaid who was misunderstanding the tasks which include pruning the hedge, making raw fish with chocolate icing, run over the tablecloth and iron it, and the biggest was the shower gifts. She misunderstood all the concepts by everyone getting wet, and all the children eating the prunes, and as well as the ladies figuring out it wasn't just chocolate, it was raw fish. As well in the ending miss Alma gave Amelia a hug for helpin ...more
An Odd1
Smiling housemaid Amelia Bedelia obeys her employers to the letter, constantly carries black purse on arm, pink-blossoms on blue bonnet over red bangs, bright button eyes, cheery grin. Today's yummy baking is chocolate frosted cupcakes for tea. Mr Rogers says scale and ice his fresh-caught fish. Mrs Rogers says prune hedges, cut flowers, and prepare shower for Miss Alma at ladies' Tuesday afternoon sewing session. Not as many instructions and most unlikely ending of series so far, but still deli ...more
Kaitlin McDonough
Personal Response:
Amelia Bedelia books are books that I have always enjoyed. I especially like this one because it is a good transition book and one that I think other students will enjoy as well.
Use in the Classroom:
This book could be used as an independent read for transitional readers as they are transitioning from beginning books into books that are more difficult. There are more words not the pages of this book and the book is formatted like a beginning chapter book. This book would be perf
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Ellenjsmellen
Jan 25, 2008 Ellenjsmellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beginner-reader
One of my favorite Amelia Bedelias. I enjoy reading this to my son.
Zany
Jan 09, 2015 Zany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yep. I read it. What can I say. I was young; I needed the money. But seriously, folks. I imagine my status as having experienced this book first as an adult and rating it as such is probably going to skew the apparently glowing ratings, which, I assume, are either given by adults who are rating it based upon their memory of having experienced it as a child, or given by actual children with goodreads accounts. The world may never know. Anyway, 2 stars from me, probably because I wasn't a kid when ...more
B
Mar 05, 2013 B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Margaret
We are fast coming to like the more and more early reader stories we're finding with Amelia Bedelia. This one about a wedding shower is a new one for me and included in the Amelia Bedelia 50th Anniversary Library, it's a box set including three individual ICR! titles, all Level 2. "High-interest stories for developing readers." Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower is interesting an includes a family member of hers that I had not met before. Here Amelia Bedelia and Cousin Alcolu help to prepare ...more
Halee
Sep 28, 2014 Halee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: red-315, series, humor
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: K-3

This a book that belongs to the humorous Amelia Bedelia series that is fun for students as they read about a hard working maid that takes everything that she is told literally. In this particular book, Amelia thinks that throwing a surprise shower means to actually shower the person with water and as she prepares for the shower she prunes the bushes by placing the fruit prunes all over them and ices fish by coating them in chocolate frosting. Students that ar
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Kyra Boettcher
May 31, 2015 Kyra Boettcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People asked Amelia to help them. Mr. Rogers asked Amelia to scale and ice the fish. Mrs. Rogers asked Amelia to prune the bushes. Amelia got out the scale and scaled the fish. Amelia got out the prunes and put prunes on the bushes. Mrs. Rogers asked Amelia to first run over it with an iron. Mrs. Rogers asked Amelia to cut the flowers. Amelia got the iron and ran over the tablecloth. Amelia cut the heads off the flowers. THE END!!!!!!
Rosa Cline
Jul 22, 2014 Rosa Cline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
As in all of Amelia Bedelia's stories she thinks of things much differently than most ordinary people and thus is always getting into mischief by mistake. In this story her cousin joins her at the Rogers' household where Mrs. Rogers is hosting a surprise wedding shower. This story was fun to read and my 2 year old granddaughter and special needs teen age son giggled out loud at some of the things that happened in the story.
Ayano Noguchi
Oct 22, 2012 Ayano Noguchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harper Collins Publishers
Time: 10/17=10min 10/18=15min
7-word-summary:
shower-fish-prune-cupcake-tablecloth-angry-laugh

-Discussion question-
Q1: Have you ever surprised someone?
A1: Yes, I have. I really like to surprise my friends, family and other people. When I was a high school student, all my class members got along well each other. We prepared our message and pictures which we wrote and took secretly toward the day of our graduation. Moreover, we put these things on a big cork board. And we g
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Edward Creter
Amelia is having a friend over for a surprise shower, and not only does she get it wrong (this is a common story with Amelia!) but so does her cousin Alcolu. They cut the flowers (with scissors), ice the fish (with cake icing) and prune the hedges (with, y'know, PRUNES!) As always it turns out alright and kids should dig this series (no shovel necessary!).
Mmouse
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
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Ashley Exford
"Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower" is one of my favorite books when I was a kid. This would definitely be a book I would let me children read. Actually I would let them read the whole series if I had them. I thought it was a humorous book because she is always clumsy and making a mess out of thing.
Melissa Namba
Mar 04, 2016 Melissa Namba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coplin, dnamba
Ahhh! I remember why I enjoyed her so much when I was younger. It is funny to read how she misinterprets things. The fish thing is always gross to me, but putting prunes on the hedges is fun. I know my nieces and nephews will have fun with this book.
Jackie
Amelia Bedelia is at it again...when she takes orders literally, things really get all mixed up and confusing. Why would anyone want a shower for a party, or to ice the fish with chocolate frosting? Yikes! Good thing everyone has a sense of humor. A classic.
Alex.ferg
Oct 24, 2012 Alex.ferg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-to-read
Amelia Bedelia is so funny for kids, because she makes the funniest mistakes, and always takes the literal meaning of things. In this book Amelia is supposed to help prepare things for a wedding shower, where you "shower" the bride with gifts. Of course Amelia has no idea, and ends up showering everyone with a garden hose. This is just one book, out of the whole series, and the entire series is just as funny. In another book I read, Amelia is supposed to make a cake with dates in it, so she cuts ...more
Irina
Jan 16, 2016 Irina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of all the Amelia Bedelia books. I enjoy reading them by myself or with my children and/or students. We especially enjoy finding all the idioms and how Amelia Bedelia takes them so seriously. The kids get a good laugh from it.
Sara
Nov 24, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many of Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia books were favorite read-alouds when the boys were young. This one was requested time and again; must have especially tickled the funny bone. Of course the heavy British/Cockney accent helped a little. ; )
Karen Dransfield
Jul 29, 2015 Karen Dransfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
An interesting series of books where Amelia does things literally. A great way to teach english quirks of the language to kids. A fun story, and she makes yummy baking at the end to save the day.
Kimberly
Sep 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

She's in trouble again!

Fun-loving Amelia Bedelia is in charge of a surprise wedding shower. And when she arrives with a garden hose, the entire party is turned into an uproarious mess!

About the Author

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

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Brittany
Sep 23, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although we didn't enjoy this book as much at the others, Amelia Bedelia has always been able to make us laugh.
Kaethe
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
Kids like the puns. Adults wonder if delicious baked goods could possibly be worth the trouble of Amelia.

Melissa McLees
Feb 11, 2014 Melissa McLees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting way to prune the lawn and to have a surprize shower. I totally liked this book.
Blarneygod
Jun 06, 2016 Blarneygod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very cute book for young readers.
Johara Almogbel
Dec 22, 2014 Johara Almogbel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Amelia Bedelia, she's always great fun.
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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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