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Amelia Bedelia

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Amelia Bedelia

Attention boys and girls, it's time for a vocabulary quiz! (But don't worry, there are only two questions and we'll give you the answers). First question: What is an idiom? An idiom is a word or phrase that says one thing but means another. You may have heard people say "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse." Well, they don't really want to eat a horse --- they're just very hungry. Second question: What is a homonym? A homonym is a word that sounds like another word, but their meanings (and sometimes their spellings) are different. An example would be "son" and "sun" --- the pronunciations are the same but their definitions and spellings aren't.

Amelia Bedelia has no idea what idioms or homonyms are. She does exactly what people tell her to do and takes everything they say literally. So when she is told to "put the lights out," she does just that --- she unscrews some light bulbs and takes them outside. Her literal mind frustrates her employers on a number of occasions but, in the end, they always forgive her. It is so much fun reading all about Amelia's strange adventures (or misadventures, I should say). But it's also enjoyable to look at the hilarious illustrations that accompany each story. After all, seeing Amelia smear jelly all over the kitchen floor has got to bring at least a smile to your face.

Kidsreads presents this feature on America's most unforgettable housekeeper. Learn more about all the wonderful books in the series and the two people who have written them!

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Amelia Bedelia

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by Herman Parish - Children's

When Amelia Bedelia runs into the principal (literally, of course), she gets him to agree that her class can vote on improvements in the school. Will they decide on ice cream sandwiches for lunch? A fish tank in every room? Stoplights in the halls? Can you hear freedom ringing?

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Children's, Humor
Amelia Bedelia is famous for her baking, but she has her own way of doing things. Lending a hand at the bakery and entering a cake-making contest could be a recipe for disaster! But with a pinch of sweet, a dab of silly and a heaping helping of fun, Amelia Bedelia creates a cake like no other.
written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Children's, Fiction, Humor

When Amelia Bedelia goes to visit her uncle’s ranch, she really makes herself at home on the range. The West sure is wild when Amelia Bedelia comes to town!

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Amelia Bedelia is sensational in many ways --- especially when she has news to tell!

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school --- after all, what's not to love? But after hopping on the bus "just like a bunny" (hurry up, sweetie!), confusing her name tag with a game (we are not playing tag) and gluing herself to her seat (oh, dear), Amelia Bedelia discovers that what she takes for granted is not always the way the world works.

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor
The colorful trees
Jumping in the leaves
Apples, apples, apples
Warm apple pie
Fun family projects
Hooray for apples!
written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

School is always exciting for Amelia Bedelia, and getting her first Valentine's Day card may be the most exciting surprise of all. But what will she do when she forgets her valentines for her classmates on the bus? 

by Herman Parish and Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor
In AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST FIELD TRIP, a picture book with exuberant, brightly colored illustrations, Amelia Bedelia is going on a field trip with her class. She expects to see, well, a field. To her delight, she and her classmates arrive at a working farm! Amelia has a great time, although mishaps and misunderstandings are unavoidable. 
written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Friends are the best! Amelia Bedelia misses an old friend and makes a new friend in this funny story about friendship.

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Humor

What happens when Amelia Bedelia goes shopping for the holidays? She's got a list and she's checking it twice. But everything she needs to buy is a compound word. Amelia Bedelia compounds the confusion as only she can. 

Fiction - Children's, Fiction, Humor

A slumber party! Amelia Bedelia has been invited to sleep over at Rose's house. But sleeping is boring, isn't it? Luckily, Amelia Bedelia and her friends find so many fun things to do!

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does. Short, fast-paced chapters, tons of friends, silly situations and funny wordplay and misunderstandings make the Amelia Bedelia chapter books an ideal choice for readers of the Ivy and Bean, Magic Tree House, and Judy Moody books.

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

It's time to explore! Amelia Bedelia and her school friends discover more than they expect to, in this funny story about the great (and not so great) outdoors.

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Amelia Bedelia is going to get a puppy! When her parents ask her what kind of dog she'd like, Amelia Bedelia doesn't know what to say. There are hundreds of dogs in the world, maybe even millions! How will Amelia Bedelia ever find the perfect puppy?

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor

America's favorite housekeeper investigates all kinds of good luck and bad luck in this beginning reader starring Amelia Bedelia as a young girl. Why is it unlucky for a black cat to cross your path? Why does a horseshoe bring good luck? If you step on a crack, will you really break your mother's back? Amelia Bedelia, who always takes things literally, tries to understand common superstitions in this funny book about friendship.

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril - Children's, Fiction, Humor
Join in the fun! Amelia Bedelia loves her school. Her whole class gets along --- except when it rains. Then they split into two groups --- the Puddle Jumpers and the Puddle Stompers. Both clubs ask Amelia Bedelia to join, but she doesn't want to choose between her friends. Oh, no! Luckily Amelia Bedelia finds a solution that makes a big splash with everyone. The childhood adventures of America's favorite housekeeper will keep newly independent readers laughing, reading, and expanding their vocabularies!
written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Would you like to have Amelia Bedelia in your classroom? Just ask Miss Wilson. But don't give Amelia Bedelia any problems. Or ask her to take her seat. Or tell her to paint anything. Amelia Bedelia is ready to learn, but it's the class that gets a lesson --- in reading, writing, and ridiculousness! 

written by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat - Children's, Fiction, Humor

Mrs. Rogers is throwing a party on Valentine's Day. But Amelia Bedelia lost the guest list. No problem --- she takes her cues from the Valentine's Day cards with the invitations. Just pull back the flaps to discover how her literal approach to love wins a variety of new friends. You'll say, "Be mine, Amelia Bedelia!"