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Amelia Bedelia's Family Album (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

Amelia Bedelia's Family Album (I Can Read Book 2 Series)

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by Peggy Parish, Lynn Sweat (Illustrator)

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All in the Family

Who could be more zany than Amelia Bedelia, everyone's favorite literal-minded housekeeper? Her family, of course! Meet the wacky members of this very original and entertaining family!


All in the Family

Who could be more zany than Amelia Bedelia, everyone's favorite literal-minded housekeeper? Her family, of course! Meet the wacky members of this very original and entertaining family!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amelia Bedelia and her misunderstandings have entertained children for years; now readers can meet Amelia's relatives, who are just as wacky as she is. For beginners, Amelia's mother is a loafer (she makes bread), her father is a telephone operator (he repairs phones), her cousin is a boxer (he makes boxes) and her nephew is a catcher (he catches mumps, measles, etc.). Mr. and Mrs. Rogers listen attentively to Amelia Bedelia's family lore, and insist that she invite everybody to the party. With her usual literal-mindedness, Amelia Bedelia misinterprets ``everybody,'' and the party is more inclusive than the Rogerses had intended. Parish and Sweat have produced a radiant look at everyone's favorite maid. But while the illustrations are sprinkled wth humor, the text itself is a bit flat and somewhat repetitive for older readers. Those just beginning to read by themselves will love this; and all readers will be happy to discover that Amelia Bedelia is not one of a kind. Ages 8-up. (September)
Children's Literature
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Amelia Bedelia 's employers, are quite fond of their literal-minded housekeeper. They decide to throw her a party because she has been working for them for a very long time. As Amelia Bedelia goes through her family album, she tells Mr. and Mrs. Rogers who she would like to invite to the party. When she shows them a picture of her Mama, Amelia Bedelia tells her employers that she "is a loafer." Of course, Mrs. Rogers assumes that Mama "does nothing." However, Amelia Bedelia sets her straight. Mama "works hard. She makes dough into loaves of bread. That's what a loafer does." The plentiful illustrations are hilarious when paired with Amelia Bedelia's descriptions of her zany family members. Readers will enjoy reading this chapter book, which is one in the publisher's "I Can Read Books" series. 2003 (orig.1988), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Pettenati
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Mr. and Mrs. Rogers want to have a party for Amelia Bedelia. The three pore through Amelia's family album to select the guests, while Amelia Bedelia tells what each family member does. Each description, of course, is open to gross misinterpretation as Amelia gives each occupation its own special twist. Her cousin, a boxer, packs boxes; Aunt Mary, a bank teller, tells people in the bank where to go; her cousin Chester is a printer who can't use ``proper writing''; and her bookkeeper cousin keeps books instead of returning them. While this is not as clever or funny as some of the other Amelia Bedelia books, and some of the jokes will fall flat, the exploration of the nonsense and absurdity to be found in learning the English language probably will continue its appeal for early readers. Sweat's cheerful cartoon watercolors faithfully interpret Parish's text, and add the necessary information for understanding Amelia's descriptions. Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier

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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)
170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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.

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's Family Album 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Amelia Bedelia and they're going to have a party. Amelia Bedelia does not know who to invite, so she will look at a family album.I t is a really good story and I hope you read it. It is a happy story. She is really funny.