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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 21st 2011 by Greenwillow Books (first published July 1st 2007)
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Samantha Jorgens
Feb 02, 2016 Samantha Jorgens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2010 Amanda Lyons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
This book is witty and interesting, using figurative language to engage readers.
Beth Harati
Sep 25, 2011 Beth Harati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
About a girl who listens to everything literally.
Sep 30, 2015 Drusilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun first day of school book for first grade.
Julie Lewis
Oct 05, 2015 Julie Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will read again when Abby is 4
Nov 17, 2014 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book to ready to our Amelia.
Jennifer Park
Dec 14, 2013 Jennifer Park rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literacy, comparing
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
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.
Oct 09, 2011 Kaitlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
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
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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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