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Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School
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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.

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It's the first day of school for Amelia Bedelia-the concrete-thinking heroine of the long-running series, which, until now, has featured the character as an adult. As in previous books, Amelia's literalism results in amusing misunderstandings: Amelia's "name tag" has her sprinting through the room "playing tag," and during "free time," she does as her teacher's idiom-"Glue yourself to your seat"-requests. Readers will giggle over Amelia's mishaps, and her genuine joie de vivre may assuage first-day fears. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Gr 1-2-This picture book shows that even as a youngster Amelia Bedelia takes everything literally, including gluing herself to her seat. She is a challenge to her teacher, who is also having her first day of school. Young children will need explanations for some of her actions and for a number of the idioms. Avril's colorful gouache and pencil illustrations show a girl who seems almost always in motion, hopping on the bus, jumping rope, running like a cheetah, and tickling another student. Repeat readings of the story will enhance the humor for young listeners.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"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." -- New York Times Book Review "Readers will giggle over Amelia [Bedelia]'s mishaps, and her genuine joie de vivre may assuage first-day fears." -- Publishers Weekly "Amelia [Bedelia] wears her new picture-book format well...[it] works beautifully as a new way to encounter the gaffe-prone gal." -- Booklist "Returning with her pun-filled humor and misunderstandings of certain expressions, Amelia Bedelia has her first day of school in this adventure...Children will laugh at Amelia Bedelia's antics, and in many cases, the illustrations enhance the text's humor. ...Young readers will relate to the emotions that Amelia feels." -- School Library Journal

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