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Good Work, Amelia Bedelia

Good Work, Amelia Bedelia

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by Peggy Parish, Lynn Sweat (Illustrator)

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Amelia Bedelia, the mixed-up maid everyone loves, is up to her old tricks again. When Mr. and Mrs. Rogers go out for the day and leave a list of jobs for Amelia to do, she handles them in her usual wacky way.


Amelia Bedelia, the mixed-up maid everyone loves, is up to her old tricks again. When Mr. and Mrs. Rogers go out for the day and leave a list of jobs for Amelia to do, she handles them in her usual wacky way.

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Children's Literature
Perpetually naïve Amelia Bedelia strikes again, misunderstanding and misinterpreting more simple instructions. She pots the plants by putting them in her cooking pots. She is asked to make a simple chicken dinner, and presents her employers with plates covered with chicken feed. And, my favorite, she gets bread dough to rise by tying the pan up with string and attaching the string to a pulley system. My main complaint with this book is the inconsistency of the character. Amelia is supposed to be a good cook, and yet she serves raw eggs to Mr. Rogers because he asks for eggs and toast. She makes an amazing butterscotch cake, but doesn't know anything about sponge cake. From an adult's viewpoint the book becomes implausible, and for that matter, adults may find the jokes overused—Amelia has been around for 40 years. However, young emergent readers are still likely to enjoy her mistakes, at least until they read the other fifteen Amelia Bedelia books. Lynn Sweat's drawings give Amelia a cheerful if not amazingly intelligent persona. 2003, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
— Amy S. Hansen

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Amelia Bedelia Series
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peggy Parish was born and grew up in Manning, South Carolina. Before moving to New York City, she taught school in the Panhandle country and in coal-mining areas. Her first job in New York City was with the Girl Scouts, and she now teaches the third grade at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Miss Parish is the author of several other books for children, including the popular Let's Be Indians.

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

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Good Work, Amelia Bedelia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Parish, Peggy. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia. New York: Greenwillow Books 1976. Illustrated by Lynn Sweat. Amelia Bedelia is hard at work for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers when they leave for the day. The Rogers give Amelia a list of chores to do. Her naive and quirky way of doing things leave the reader laughing out loud. One of her chores is to bake a loaf of white bread. Mrs. Rogers says, ¿Just do what the recipe says.¿ Amelia does just that. The recipe says that the bread will rise, so she sets the bread on the counter and watches the pan waiting for it to ¿rise¿. When it doesn¿t rise, she ties a string around the pan and lifts it into the air. ¿That should be high enough.¿ Every task Amelia is to do she approaches with a literalness filled with hilarity. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia is a fun book which could be used to teach children how not to take things so literally. I first read an Amelia Bedelia book as a child and I still enjoy reading them some twenty years later. Peggy Parish was born, Margaret Cecile Parish, in Manning, South Carolina in 1927. Parish was a sickly child and her family would read to her often, thus increasing her desire to become an author. She taught elementary school while writing manuscripts which were initially rejected. After teaching for fifteen years, Peggy Parish began seriously writing children¿s books. Parish published her first book, My Golden Book of Manners, in 1962 and continued until she passed away in 1988. She wrote over forty books, twelve of which are Amelia Bedelia series books. After Parish¿s death, her nephew took over writing Amelia Bedelia books, he has published three so far.