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Posted November 27, 2006
Parish, Peggy. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia. New York: Greenwillow Books 1976. Illustrated by Lynn Sweat. Amelia Bedelia is hard at work for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers when they leave for the day. The Rogers give Amelia a list of chores to do. Her naive and quirky way of doing things leave the reader laughing out loud. One of her chores is to bake a loaf of white bread. Mrs. Rogers says, ¿Just do what the recipe says.¿ Amelia does just that. The recipe says that the bread will rise, so she sets the bread on the counter and watches the pan waiting for it to ¿rise¿. When it doesn¿t rise, she ties a string around the pan and lifts it into the air. ¿That should be high enough.¿ Every task Amelia is to do she approaches with a literalness filled with hilarity. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia is a fun book which could be used to teach children how not to take things so literally. I first read an Amelia Bedelia book as a child and I still enjoy reading them some twenty years later. Peggy Parish was born, Margaret Cecile Parish, in Manning, South Carolina in 1927. Parish was a sickly child and her family would read to her often, thus increasing her desire to become an author. She taught elementary school while writing manuscripts which were initially rejected. After teaching for fifteen years, Peggy Parish began seriously writing children¿s books. Parish published her first book, My Golden Book of Manners, in 1962 and continued until she passed away in 1988. She wrote over forty books, twelve of which are Amelia Bedelia series books. After Parish¿s death, her nephew took over writing Amelia Bedelia books, he has published three so far.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.