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Amelia Bedelia Under Construction (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Amelia Bedelia Under Construction (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Herman Parish

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A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.


A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Nelson DeWald
Amelia Bedelia is up to more trouble in this construction themed variation of word play humor by Herman Parish. Mrs. Hardy is away at a doctor's appointment; Mr. Hardy is occupied by a board meeting. But the trusty Amelia Bedelia, on a babysitting stint for Angela and Andrew Hardy, is determined to follow her employers' directions literally as she and her charges sand the deck, put two coats on the chairs, and install marble countertops. Amelia Bedelia even manages to convince a construction crew that the Hardy family is indeed expecting an addition to their home. The well-meaning construction team begins the work, and Mr. and Mrs. Hardy encounter sheer confusion when they arrive home to see construction workers laboring at their home. The Hardys are expecting their addition in the form of a baby, but Mrs. Hardy good-naturedly keeps the building plans and even invites the workers to stay for a cookout. Readers will hoot and giggle with delight at the prospect of Amelia Bedelia's mishaps and misunderstandings in this recent title of a well-loved and classic character.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Mrs. Hardy is expecting an "addition" and asks Amelia Bedelia to babysit for her children while she goes to the doctor. Then workers from a construction company stop to ask Amelia for directions and Amelia looks at the address, gets the numbers backward, and convinces the workers that they were sent to build an "addition" on the Hardy family's house. The literal woman and the children start to "help" the construction workers, and it's all downhill from there. The text is a bit wordy for beginning readers and the story line is somewhat confusing. A few of the terms may be a little difficult to grasp (such as the concept of a "marble-top counter" and a "walk-in closet"). The cartoon illustrations help clarify some of Amelia Bedelia's mix-ups, but others will need explanation. Still, fans of the series will enjoy this title.-Bobbee Pennington, Bryan Public Library, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Turtleback Books
Publication date:
Amelia Bedelia Series
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Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Herman Parish is the nephew of Amelia Bedelia's creator, Peggy Parish, and the author of fourteen books about Amelia Bedelia, the grown-up. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Amelia Bedelia under Construction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sunshineluckyou More than 1 year ago
This series of books has provided my daughter with so many laughs over Amelia Bedelias antics.Just what the doctor ordered to cheer one up.Each & every one brings such smiles to her face.We enjoy reading them together.
Snipe More than 1 year ago
My kids just love the series.