Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip

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Overview

Amelia Bedelia loves everything about field trips

  • Collecting eggs
  • Milking a cow
  • Riding a tractor
  • Planting seeds
  • The picnic lunch

Hooray for school!

Hooray for the farm!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—When literal-minded little Amelia Bedelia goes on a class trip to Fairview Farm, she goes in search of the farmer's wife's "green thumb," "shakes her leg" when told to hurry, corrects a classmate who calls the rooster a "loudmouth" by saying it's a "loud beak," and pitches the lunch salad all over the farm when asked to toss it. Her imagination goes wild as she envisions the potatoes having eyes, the corn having ears, and the lettuce having heads. She wonders if the farmers will plant jelly beans along with all the other varieties. After a strenuous day, she looks forward to a refreshing swim in the "car pool." Amelia Bedelia's antics are well balanced by the insertion of interesting farm facts. This combination of humor and information makes for a enjoyable story. Lively, cartoon illustrations add a colorful splash to the hilarity. The farm-animal theme is sure to be popular with youngsters.—Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

Readers are sure to recognize the younger version of their favorite literal-thinker as she goes on her first-ever school field trip to the farm in this fourth of her picture-book adventures.

Misunderstandings abound on the farm, as the ever-curious Amelia Bedelia tries to spy Mrs. Dinkins' green thumb, looks for some trash when the farmer points out their litter of piglets and imagines vegetables coming to life after hearing about their eyes, ears and heads. Along with lots of laughter, readers will come away with some solid farm facts—baby-animal names, chicken eggs and their colors and what plants need in order to grow. Avril's gouache-and–black-pencil illustrations are filled with bright color, personality and, of course, that brand of humor that is all Amelia Bedelia. Funniest are Amelia Bedelia's imaginings—the chickens who eat candy canes must lay striped eggs and sharing a bed with a rooster (who is not a loudmouth but a "loud beak") must be rough.

Parish has turned the clock back, making Amelia Bedelia young again and giving a new generation of readers the opportunity to enjoy her humor and self-confidence.(Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061964145
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Parish

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.

Lynne Avril has illustrated all the stories about young Amelia Bedelia. The artist lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    The Amelia Bedelia series has been beloved for many years; it is

    The Amelia Bedelia series has been beloved for many years; it is exciting to see a new view on the series following Amelia Bedelia and her school-aged days. As a teacher of young students, I enjoy this series as it is fun for young readers along with introducing them to chapter books early in their educational career. These books are a great way to get young students started on chapter books. This particular book is full of appropriate humor for children along with facts about farm life. I feel that the new edition to the series will be even more delightful for children as many of the literal but humorous thoughts that young Amelia Bedelia has are relatable to many students as they are learning and growing. I would highly recommend the Amelia Bedelia series new and old, especially this book about the farm and field trips as this can be used to teach students about farms. It is also relatable as many children start going on field trips in their educational career about the time they are able to read and comprehend this book. Lastly this book has appropriate and humorous illustrations to help aide the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    always a favorite

    I bought this book to donate to my local library. I do this every Christmas. Amelia Bedelia was a favorite when my girls were little and was thrilled when I saw the books were still being written years later (my youngest is 25 years old) and knew some other children would enjoy them too.

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