Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card

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Generations of children have fallen in love with Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper so literal-minded that she puts sponges in her sponge cake and pitches a tent by throwing it into the woods.
 
Now fans can find out what Amelia Bedelia was like when she was a little girl just starting school. In the picture book Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card, young Amelia Bedelia and her classmates visit the library. Exploring the shelves of books, ...

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Overview

Generations of children have fallen in love with Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper so literal-minded that she puts sponges in her sponge cake and pitches a tent by throwing it into the woods.
 
Now fans can find out what Amelia Bedelia was like when she was a little girl just starting school. In the picture book Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card, young Amelia Bedelia and her classmates visit the library. Exploring the shelves of books, volunteering at the front desk, and meeting the librarians is so fun! But Amelia Bedelia’s favorite part is getting her very own library card.
 
Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card is a love letter to reading, libraries, librarians, and books.
 
Author Herman Parish is a nephew of Peggy Parish, the creator of Amelia Bedelia.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This sixth Amelia Bedelia title by Herman Parish presents a younger, modern Amelia in a wordy picture-book format. When Amelia's class takes a trip to the library, the youngsters get a tour that includes a chance to check in returned books, a walk through the stacks (not of hay or pancakes), and a visit to the children's room. With assistance from the librarian, Amelia picks a book about cupcakes to borrow but accidentally winds up with one on weather instead. This turns out to be surprisingly prophetic and, during a thunderstorm, she leaves the book outdoors. Horrified, she and her mother explain the pulpy mess to the librarian, who accepts their offer to replace the book and an apology cupcake. "Yummm!" says the librarian. "Amelia Bedelia, I'm glad you brought this in for me to check out!" Amelia takes a few things literally, but the text has far more subtle wordplay and library rules than Amelia's typical misunderstandings. Avril's illustrations done in gouache and black pencil do a fine job of depicting everything from the settings to Amelia's ever-changing expressions, bringing the text to life. Sure to be popular where Parish's previous Amelia Bedelia titles have done well.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
ALA Booklist
Praise for Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote: “Amelia Bedelia wears her new picture-book format well…[it] works beautifully as a new way to encounter the gaffe-prone gal.”
New York Times Book Review
“No child can resist Amelia [Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language—and no adult can fail to notice that she’s usually right when she’s wrong.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Amelia Bedelia is well known for the humor of how she misunderstands words. Here she is a young girl excited to go on her class trip to the town library. She unknowingly puts her juice box in the book return by mistake, thus demonstrating why no food or drink is allowed in the library. At the circulation desk everyone gets a turn scanning in books. Told there are good stories "in the stacks," Amelia cannot find any stacks, only books. Everyone gets a library card and help finding the kinds of books they want. But Amelia is having trouble understanding "check out" and "fine." Amelia takes her new library book home but leaves it outside in a thunderstorm, ruining it. Fortunately she and her mother straighten it all out with the librarian in this introduction to the library. Strong black pencil drawing and gouache produce light-hearted vignettes. The characters are large-headed, stylized, but naturalistic, with simple, linear features, all of which reinforce positive library behavior. The thunder of the storm is expressed in large purple "BOOM" letters; an agitated imaginary dinosaur dominates Amelia's dream world. A fancy frosted cupcake shape frame surrounds the happy ending. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062095121
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 230,371
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Parish

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

Lynne Avril is the illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including a picture book series about Amelia Bedelia's childhood adventures. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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