2013 marked the 50th birthday of Amelia Bedelia. There are currently 122 different titles available. Most of them are in the I CAN READ series, levels 1 and 2. Recently, they have added chapter books.
Amelia, is the maid for Mr and Mrs. Rogers. Children giggle as they read her antics. She does everything literally. If you asked her to go make a mud pie, you should expect to be served cooked mud for dessert. You must tell her to undust the furniture, or she will put dust on the furniture. Choose your words carefully or you might be in for a big surprise. Amelia helps teach children about figures of speech and words that sound the same.
Peggy Parish was the original author. She was a school teacher who enjoyed making up stories for her students. She had some of her stories published. Amelia Bedelia was a great success.
In honor of Peggy Parrish , there is an Amelia Bedelia statue, in her hometown of Manning, SC.
When Peggy passed away in 1988, her nephew , Herman Parish continued writing the stories for our enjoyment.
In the interview below, Herman explains a lot of the history of Amelia Bedelia.
“Everyone loves Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper! When she makes a sponge cake, she puts in real sponges. When she weeds the garden, she replants the weeds. And when she pitches a tent, she throws it into the woods!
“No child can resist Amelia [Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language—and no adult can fail to notice that she’s usually right when she’s wrong.”
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