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Children's LiteratureIn this "I Can Read, Level 2" adventure the well-meaning but confused and literal Ameila Bedelia is mistaken for a substitute teacher. At school, she follows Miss Lane's list: calls (a) roll, plants (light) bulbs with the children, leads a foot race, and creates a harum-scarum scramble over "take away," in this case, apples they have picked at Mrs. Rogers' house, where she has also made taffy apples. They, of course, save the day when the Rogers arrive home with the new teacher. Children can enjoy the book and the character their parents loved when they were in elementary school. It is all good fun and the reader is surely in on the jokes. 2004 (orig. 1977), Greenwillow, Ages 5 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.