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

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This study is intended for students who are ready to begin answering comprehension questions or who need remedial help in answering in full sentences.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Raven Rock Publishing (first published 1966)
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia and her cousin Alcolu are getting Miss Alma's house ready for a surprise shower. Miss Alma's friends are going to be surprising her with a shower because she is going to be getting married soon.

Alcolu is as literal thinking as Amelia so you can imagine what kind of shower they prepare for. One of my favorite things they do in this crazy mixed up word of misunderstandings is prune the bushes. Instead of trimming them, Aclolu is given a box of prunes by Amelia to decorate all of the bushes
Nov 06, 2009 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
Luisa Knight
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, i-can-read
You know it's going to be good when the word "shower" is used in an Amelia Bedelia book. This was probably my favorite of all and read many times over. And I kind of always wanted to throw a similar party - the prankster side of me relished the thought. *wink*

Reading Level: 1st - 3rd grades

Cleanliness: someone says "thank goodness."

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May 15, 2015 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
Jan 25, 2008 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.
Matthew Hunter
Same hilarity. Try not to laugh at Amelia's execution of the surprise shower. Think she might understand "wedding shower" differently than we do? (Yes, she does.)
Abby Gallier
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k-4, picture-books
As you may know, our idea of a "surprise shower" is very different from Amelia Bedelia's. When Mrs. Rogers informs Amelia Bedelia that she is planning a surprise shower for one of the ladies in her sewing group, things get a little out of hand...let's just say it involves swimsuits, chocolate-covered fish, and presents! This book is a good reading level for ages 6-8, and when they see what Amelia Bedelia manages to cook up this time, it is sure to make them laugh.
Selah Pike
When my son was 3, and just learning to take a shower, he asked me if I was going to shower his baby sister with lemonade. I couldn't figure out what he was talking about at first, and then I remembered our shopping trip earlier in the week. I bought lemonade for a friend's baby shower. 😂 Amelia Bedelia makes a similar mistake in this book, but since she's a grown woman, it's not quite as funny. 🙄
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Amelia Bedelia smilingly obeys to the letter. Cousin Acolcu helps prune hedges and prepare shower for Miss Alma at ladies' Tuesday afternoon sewing. Mr Rogers says scale and ice his fish. Mrs Rogers says cut flowers, run over tablecloth. Acolcu and Amelia with purse and hat, don swimsuits and find garden hose.
Benedict Randhawa
Amelia and her cousin Alcolu are getting Miss Alma's house ready for a surprise shower. Miss Alma's friends are going to be surprising her with a shower because she is going to be getting married soon.
But she does something else. Like the way they misunderstand the words.
Pedro Mercado
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Porque todo esta en ingles y no en español
Memory Toast
I didn't love this as much as some of the others in the series, but it continues in the tradition of puns and double word meanings.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-b, books
It was funny and weird as usual.
Jessica (Reading with Jessica)
I didn't really enjoy this one as much as I did the others. Maybe because it's one of the first books released in the series.
Feb 05, 2015 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
Margaret Chind
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
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Ayano Noguchi
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harper Collins Publishers
Time: 10/17=10min 10/18=15min

-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
Oct 24, 2012 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
Jan 08, 2014 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
Jul 02, 2012 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

Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, red-315, series
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
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
Alicia Krauchuk Fenton
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddos
This is the sense of humor my 8 year old has. She just about passes out with laughter everytime she reads these. I like Amelia Bedelia books. She is so innocent and kind, but has a uncanny knack for the literal. I have to be careful, however, at what age I read these to my kiddos. My oldest, when very young, used to watch "Big Comfy Couch." For weeks she would stuff our couch with her belongings, like Lunette. And who says our youngins aren't affected by media (in any form)?!? LOLOLOL!!! Oh...
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Author: Peggy Parish
Illustrator: Barbara Siebel Thomas
Publisher: Hyper Collins
Genre: Early Readers
Summary: Amelia Bedelia help Mrs. Rogers throw a Surprise Shower for Miss Alma. With the help of her cousin Alcolu, Amelia scale and iced fish, prune the hedges, run over the tablecloths, and shower Miss Alma with a hose.
Response: I remember reading Amelia Bedelia books as a child and thinking of how ridiculous she was. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed them.
Theme, Concept, Connection: Showers, maid
Jan 09, 2015 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
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reader
This is a level 2 "I Can Read With Help" book for developing readers.

Excerpt from the book:
"By the way, Amelia Bedelia," said Alcolu, "Mrs Rogers told me to prune the hedge. Could you show me how?" "I would be glad to," said Amelia Bedelia. She went to the cupboard. She took out a box of prunes. Amelia Bedelia and Alcolu went to the hedge. "Now," said Amelia Bedelia, "you take a prune. Then stick it on like this."
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