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Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

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by Herman Parish, Lynn Sweat (Illustrator)

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The race is on!

Amelia Bedelia always does what she's told. So when Mr. Rogers tells her she should run for Mayor Thomas's office, she picks up her shirt, and dashes off to City Hall. She knows just what she'd do in the mayor's shoes (polish them, of course). With Amelis Bedelia in the race, politics will never be the same!


The race is on!

Amelia Bedelia always does what she's told. So when Mr. Rogers tells her she should run for Mayor Thomas's office, she picks up her shirt, and dashes off to City Hall. She knows just what she'd do in the mayor's shoes (polish them, of course). With Amelis Bedelia in the race, politics will never be the same!

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The Barnes & Noble Review
She's the literal-minded housekeeper whose zany antics have entertained generations of kids. And now Amelia Bedelia is back — and as hilarious as ever! This time, her commitment to doing exactly what people tell her to do lands Amelia Bedelia in the middle of an election, where she's running for mayor — and garnering support from the entire town.

The story begins with a typical breakfast served in the Rogers's household. At Mr. Rogers's request for pancakes, Amelia Bedelia serves up pan cakes — cakes baked in a frying pan and covered in chocolate frosting. Commenting on Amelia Bedelia's habit of following other people's instructions to the letter, Mr. Rogers exclaims, "I wish you were the mayor." And when he then jokingly adds that she should run for the mayor's office, Amelia Bedelia's response is "See you later," as she dashes off to City Hall.

After literally running for the office (in a physical sense) and barging in on a press conference, Amelia Bedelia faces a series of misunderstandings that lead her to run for office in a political sense. After all, she "always does what folks say to do." When a reporter hears this revelation, he's impressed and says he'll vote for her, and that "We need some change." In typical Amelia Bedelia fashion, the new mayoral candidate then offers him the 43 cents she has in her pocket.

Egged on by Mayor Thomas, who declares that Amelia Bedelia "couldn't even be a dog catcher," Amelia Bedelia ultimately throws her hat in the ring (by tossing her hat onto a ringing telephone), and gathers quite a bit of support fromthetownspeople. A nice message is relayed to readers about the electoral process with the observation that with someone like Amelia Bedelia competing for office, "People began to care more about their town, about each other, and their future."

In the end, during an outlandish debate, Amelia comically proves a point she set out to make: that she can be a dog catcher. As a result, the mayor takes back what he said and apologizes, causing Amelia Bedelia to withdraw from the race. As Amelia Bedelia explains, "I said I would run for mayor unless Mayor Thomas took back what he said. He took it back. So now I don't have to run anymore." She knows how to keep a promise, and her integrity inspires the mayor to keep his promises. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rogers note this the next morning when they see the headline of the newspaper: "Mayor Will Cut Taxes."

Filled with funny wordplay, Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor is more than a delightful read — the author's liberal use of homonyms and puns provides a great way to teach kids about the meaning and usage of words. It's also a lighthearted introduction to discussions about the election process. So cast your vote for Amelia Bedelia, because when it comes to laugh-out-loud adventure, she's always a winner!

Reading level: Ages 6 and up

—Jamie Levine

Children's Literature
Amelia Bedelia continues to delight children 40 years after she appeared in her first book. Amelia Bedelia is the infamous housemaid who takes everything she hears literally. If someone suggests that she hang a "ball" on the Christmas tree, she tries to hang a soccer ball or a football on the tree. In this book, someone suggests that Amelia Bedelia run for city hall. Sure enough, off she goes at a trot towards city hall! The Amelia Bedelia stories are great fun for beginning readers since they understand the dual meanings of the words that confuse Amelia. They love to see the stunts she gets involved in due to her silliness. This read along tape is ideal for these readers who need the support these tapes provide. How nice to have a tape that will support and delight the beginning reader. 2003, HarperCollins Audio, Ages 6 to 8.
— Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Dennette Michaels
This is a 1991 book--in time for election 2000 that is worthy of becoming part of every voting family's election year reference shelf. Political discussions need dependable humor! Amelia's fans know her to be the mistress of literal interpretation--a pun or two on every page. This tale takes her from a breakfast discussion over the Mayor and taxes, into and through early campaigning, until a debate that satisfies Ameila and ends her mayoral campaign. But what next, "I am going to the White House...I borrowed a book from Mrs. White, and she said to leave it at her house." said the indomitable Amelia Bedelia.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Amelia Bedelia always does exactly what people tell her to do, so when her employer says he wishes she would run for the mayor's office, she dashes down to city hall. Although Amelia never meant to do anything more than literally run to the office, an encounter with the mayor and a reporter soon has her in the thick of a political campaign. Such literal mindedness is what gives Amelia her charm, and there are plenty of instances of humorous confusion in this latest installment in the series. If not quite to the level of the original titles written by Peggy Parish, the author's nephew does a satisfactory job of carrying on the traditions of wordplay and wacky complications that have made Amelia Bedelia such a beloved character. Readers will recognize Sweat's watercolor and black-pen illustrations from the earlier books. Most libraries should find this title to be a popular selection. Melissa Hudak, Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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I Can Read Book 2 Series
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)
220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The author lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Lynn Sweat has illustrated many Amelia Bedelia books, including Go West, Amelia Bedelia! He and his wife live in Connecticut.

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Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amelia Bedelia is just plain comical how she takes everything literally! My mother was a reading teacher as I was growing up and she read many Amelia Bedelia books to her students. I've gifted her with writing children's books myself. I think it is awesome how Peggy Parish's nephew took over her character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was ok.