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Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
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Feb 09, 2012

it was amazing
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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 is one thing Amelia can do right and that's to bake a lemon-meringue pie. After tasting the pie Mrs. Rogers forgets all about being angry and decides Amelia can stay and that she will just have to be more careful about how she words the chores.

Immediately the title of this book grabs your attention. Amelia Bedelia is a funny name that rhymes and it says a lot about the charater. To me, the name Amelia Bedelia suggests that the main character of this book is probably going to be funny. Amelia is such a funny character because she does all of the chores wrong and is completely oblivious to the fact that this is happening. She thinks that the Roger's are crazy and can't understand why someone would want her to "dust the furniture." Not only is Amelia a funny and great character, the illustrations are unique as well. The only colors used are green, black and gray. I think this adds a unique element to the story because if the illustrations used a lot of colors and were too bright, it might take away some of the humor in the words. The illustrations also do a great job of demonstrating what Amelia is doing wrong in the chores. For example: Amelia is asked to "dress the chicken". Even if children aren't sure of what dressing the chicken really means, they probably know that it does not mean putting pants and socks on a chicken, which the illustration shows. Overall, Amelia Bedelia is a very easiy book to read and understand. The illustrations are unique and really help tell the story, and the story itself is very funny and ironic.
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