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Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
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Nov 28, 11

Read in October, 2011

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. Instead of actually replacing the towels in the bathroom with new ones, Amelia changes the looks of the towels by using scissors. Another chore that Amelia is asked to complete is to put out the lights. Instead of turning the lights off, she hangs them on a clothesline. It’s the simplest tasks turned into a literal meaning by Amelia Bedelia. Some other things that were done wrong was “dressing the chicken” in actual clothes and “drawing the drapes” on paper with a pen. When Mrs. Rogers returns home and sees that none of the chores are finished, she is about to fire Amelia when Amelia gives her a bite of the pie she made. Mrs. Rogers then forgives her and says that she’ll write more clear directions from now on. I love this book because the vocabulary is simple and you can teach kids about phrases and not taking them literally. The illustrations in this book are simple, but still amusing. They also go right along with the words in the book, making it easier for children to understand. The cover of the book is just Amelia holding a pie so it's not very interesting. I think the cover could have a better illustration on it. I would definitely recommend this easy-to-read book for children.
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