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Go West, Amelia Bedelia!

Go West, Amelia Bedelia!

by Herman Parish, Lynn Sweat

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When Amelia Bedelia goes to visit her uncle’s ranch, she really makes herself at home on the range. The West sure is wild when Amelia Bedelia comes to town!


When Amelia Bedelia goes to visit her uncle’s ranch, she really makes herself at home on the range. The West sure is wild when Amelia Bedelia comes to town!

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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 - Annie Laura Smith
Amelia Bedelia, the literal-minded housekeeper, visits her uncle's dude ranch, The Double B Ranch, in one of her many adventures. Young readers will learn new words and their definitions (i.e. that foreman does not mean four men; shoeing a horse does not mean shooing the horse away; a saddle horn does not honk; and a quarter horse does not mean that he is worth twenty-five cents). Her humorous vocabulary difficulties will alert young readers to the mistakes that can be made in the minefield of the English language. Amelia learns how to be a "cow-girl" through trial and error. She manages to lasso herself, and miraculously stops a cattle stampede. Delightful cartoon-like, watercolor illustrations complement the text throughout the book. This book is part of the extensive twenty-five book "Amelia Bedelia" series, which chronicles over forty years of her mixed-up adventures. Although some of the vocabulary confusion may be lost on young readers, the colorful sketches will clarify the words' meanings. These books are a delightful way for young readers to enhance their vocabularies. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Amelia Bedelia visits her uncle's dude ranch in this installment in the popular beginning-reader series. In typical fashion, she takes everything literally. She wonders who "broke" a horse named Cream Puff, "shoos" other horses, imagines an outlaw enjoying the "cooler" on a hot day, etc. The humor isn't over-the-top; often, it isn't even groan-worthy. The pictures don't add significant value to the text, but do help to illustrate some of Amelia's blunders. While this book would probably circulate with the child's fans, it is a forgettable tale.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Lynn Sweat has illustrated many Amelia Bedelia books, including Go West, Amelia Bedelia! He and his wife live in Connecticut.

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