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Author: Herman Parish

Illustrator: Lynne Avril

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Publisher: HarperTeen, a Division of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: We're going back in time to the day Amelia Bedelia started going to school. Everything you learned to love in the grown up Amelia Bedelia can be found in the young-girl version, too. This picture book introduces us to a young Amelia Bedelia with the same humor and wordplay we always expect.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, easy reader, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loves this book. She liked it so much that she even read it to her Dad! My daughter has always liked Amelia Bedelia, but since this is about a young girl she related to it better. She liked all the funny things she did like playing tag when the teacher said it was time to put her name on a tag. She laughed a lot and then wanted to talk about what Amelia had done wrong and how she got it mixed up.

Adult Reader Reaction: I picked it because I have always loved Amelia Bedelia! I enjoyed the book and read it a couple times myself. It is fun to see a cute girl being silly.

Pros: This picture book adds humor and can ease jitters for kids on that first day of school.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. I would buy this for someone whose child is starting school soon. It is fun and will ease their fears. Amelia Bedelia fans will also want this in their collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TEACH US, AMELIA BEDELIA (I Can Read, 2)   MORRIS GOES TO SCHOOL (I Can Read Book Series, Level 1)   FANCY NANCY AND THE BOY FROM PARIS (I Can Read, level 1)

Educational Themes: Starting school can be scary but this book can take some of that away by showing that we can all misinterpret words sometimes especially when they can mean two different things. The wordplay is still fun to explore even after school is well underway.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, school, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009, December 2014

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