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.
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