Amelia Bedelia Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Overview

When Mrs. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia alone in the house on her first day of work, anything can happen. And it does!

With a list of what is to be done before her, Amelia Bedelia sets about her duties. And no one could possibly accuse her of not following directions—for that is precisely what she does. But when Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes or dresses a chicken, the results are hilariously different than might be expected!

Peggy Parish knows ...

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Overview

When Mrs. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia alone in the house on her first day of work, anything can happen. And it does!

With a list of what is to be done before her, Amelia Bedelia sets about her duties. And no one could possibly accuse her of not following directions—for that is precisely what she does. But when Amelia Bedelia draws the drapes or dresses a chicken, the results are hilariously different than might be expected!

Peggy Parish knows what strikes children as side-splittingly funny and Fritz Siebel has drawn Amelia Bedelia and her literal-minded actions to perfection. A hearty welcome to Amelia Bedelia—and long may she reign!

This commemorative fiftieth anniversary edition features the jacket, artwork, and story from the original 1963 edition of Amelia Bedelia. Also included are seven additional pages of archival photographs, sketches, and anecdotes and recollections about the inception and creation of America's beloved literal-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia!

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Editorial Reviews

Saturday Review
“Amelia Bedelia, the new maid, slightly suggests the famous Mary Poppins, but she makes her entry discreetly through the doorway, on her two feet, instead of blowing in on the wind. This is purely a ‘silly’ book, with no lesson to impart, but it will seem hilarious to young children.”
The Horn Book
“The younger children for whom this nonsense makes a good read-aloud, and those older who will find it easy to read, will giggle through its series of jokes.”
The Horn Book
“The younger children for whom this nonsense makes a good read-aloud, and those older who will find it easy to read, will giggle through its series of jokes.”
Saturday Review
“Amelia Bedelia, the new maid, slightly suggests the famous Mary Poppins, but she makes her entry discreetly through the doorway, on her two feet, instead of blowing in on the wind. This is purely a ‘silly’ book, with no lesson to impart, but it will seem hilarious to young children.”
Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Readers were first introduced to the wonderfully quirky, and literal minded, maid Amelia Bedelia in 1963. Today, fifty years later, this new anniversary edition brings back the original cover art, illustrations, and text from the first edition by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel. Amelia Bedelia stories have been entertaining children and adults in a variety of forms—many written by Herman Parish, Peggy's nephew—since its first publication. Many will fondly remember this first story, and its distinct green, black, and white art, but this "vintage" edition will be brand new to many young readers. Mrs. Rogers can't be home for her new maid, Amelia Bedelia's first day of work, but she is sure her written list will be self-explanatory. As Amelia Bedelia tries to accomplish the tasks, trouble ensues! From changing towels (with scissors) to dressing the chicken with clothes, Amelia Bedelia just doesn't quite understand Mrs. Rogers' instructions. These funny situations will have everyone laughing out loud. Seven pages of historical notes, including images and documents, are included in the back, as is a timeline of Amelia Bedelia's many looks over the years. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062209696
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia Series
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 46,311
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.

Fritz Siebel was born in Vienna and now lives in New York City with his family. He is well known for his pictures in Cat and Dog; David and the Giant; and Tell Me Some More . . . , all Harper I Can Read Books. Among the other books he has illustrated are A Fly Went By and Who Took the Farmer's Hat?

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