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Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
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Mar 05, 12

Read in March, 2012

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 the illustrator puts a smile and rosy cheeks on her face. The illustrations help to make sense of the double meanings of the words in case readers do not understand one or the other.

Critique: This book is a classic. Peggy Parish made Amelia an unforgettable, lovable character that sticks out in any 90’s child’s head. This would be a great book for a young independent reader as it is too visually driven for a read aloud. If children are not familiar with all the vocabulary yet, it would be a fun way to teach them new words. Since most children are so literal, it is funny for them but funnier for adults because we get to witness children’s minds at work.
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