For almost fifty years, children have been reading about the hilarious adventures of Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper so literal-minded she puts sponges in her sponge cake. Now, in a series of bestselling picture books, kids can discover what Amelia Bedelia was like when she was a little girl in elementary school. In Amelia Bedelia’s First Field Trip, a picture book with exuberant, brightly colored illustrations, Amelia Bedelia is going on a field trip with her class. She expects to see, well, a field. To her delight, she and her classmates arrive at a working farm! Amelia has a great time, although mishaps and misunderstandings are unavoidable. Her confusion over a green thumb, runner beans, and ponytails will give readers the giggles.
About 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.
Lynne Avril has illustrated all the stories about young Amelia Bedelia. The artist lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. This book was absolutely hilarious. My favorite part was when she was told to toss the salad, and she actually did just not to the right people. This books shows adults that you really have to be careful what you say to a child because they may interpret things differently than we want them to. I would read this book to my students right before we go on our first field trip together. I would explain why we should stay with our class at all times, and I would also discuss safety when away from school. I loved the part at the end when the students wrote the place where they went on the field trip letters. I can remember my first field trip. I was absolutely terrified. We went to the zoo. Luckily for me my mom went with us.
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.
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.