Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia

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"A familiar heroine takes an unfamiliar seat in Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia. Herman Parish, nephew of Amelia's creator, Peggy Parish, keeps the wordplay in high gear....Lynn Sweat's bright and jaunty illustrations, meanwhile, suit the action to a (Model?) T."--Publishers Weekly.

Amelia Bedelia's literalness causes some problems when Mr. Rogers takes her out to practice her driving.

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Overview

"A familiar heroine takes an unfamiliar seat in Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia. Herman Parish, nephew of Amelia's creator, Peggy Parish, keeps the wordplay in high gear....Lynn Sweat's bright and jaunty illustrations, meanwhile, suit the action to a (Model?) T."--Publishers Weekly.

Amelia Bedelia's literalness causes some problems when Mr. Rogers takes her out to practice her driving.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this Harper Trophy edition of the 1995 collaboration between Herman Parish and Lynn Sweat, Amelia Bedelia takes to the road for a birthday drive in the country. Literal-minded as always, she steers straight ahead when Mr. Rogers warns her that there is a "steer straight ahead," pushes on the cow's horn instead of the car's horn when Mr. Rogers tells her to "Push on the horn," comes back with an armful of directional signs when Mr. Rogers sends her off on a walk to "get some directions," is puzzled when Mr. Rogers points out a fork in the road ("I don't see any forks or spoons"), does not bear left when she is told to, for fear of a bear on her left, and finds a Jack rather than a jack to help with the subsequent wreckage. But then Mr. Rogers and Amelia get a tow home (despite Amelia's protesting that she has all the toes she needs) in time for Amelia Bedelia's birthday party. As enjoyable a linguistic romp as all the other titles in this enduringly popular series. 2002 (orig. 1995), HarperTrophy,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Peggy Parish's nephew is the creator of this new adventure that will surely delight Amelia Bedelia's many fans. This time the housekeeper is practicing her driving, and whether she is looking for forks in the road or mixing up directions, she is as cheerfully literal-minded as ever. Full-color cartoons illustrate the easy-to-read text. A pleasant outing with a treasured old friend.Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Carolyn Phelan
The nephew of Peggy Parish, who created Amelia Bedelia, continues the series about the lovable literalist. When Mr. Rogers takes Amelia Bedelia out to practice her driving, he soon finds that his directions lead to confusion: when he warns of "a fork in the road," she starts looking for cutlery rather than a cutoff. All ends well, though, with a birthday party for the daffy domestic. If the dialogue occasionally sounds like an old vaudeville routine, that's not likely to trouble anyone too young to have heard of vaudeville. Sweat, the series' familiar illustrator, once again offers line-and-watercolor wash illustrations that reflect the book's simplicity and good humor. An unexpected pleasure for insatiable fans of the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688133580
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Amelia Bedelia Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 548,110
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (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.

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

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