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Author: Peggy Parish

Illustrator: Lynn Sweat

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Publisher: Scholastic Press, 1977

Material: paperback

Summary: Amelia Bedelia's boss asks her to go by the school and let the principal know that the new teacher will be late in getting to school. Amelia goes to the school, but before she can tell the principal the whole story, he gives gives her a list of things that need to be done. He takes her to the classroom and leaves here there with the students and the list. What is Amelia going to do? Start working on the list. Project 1: paint pictures with the children. Amelia asks the children to empty all the walls of pictures and then start painting them whatever colors they want! Is that what the principal meant? Amelia Bedelia means well, but somehow things get very complicated. This s an easy reader series for transitional readers (second grade)

Type of Reading: playtime reading, family reading, independent reading, learning to read, read aloud book

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

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 1.9

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

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book and watched as my daughter laugh each time Amelia had the kids do something funny. She enjoyed the story and liked the funny activities they children did.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun book. I wasn’t sure my daughter would understand all the tasks but I was surprised that she picked up right away the mistakes and laughed and enjoyed the book. It is a great way to talk about how words work (e.g., some have two meanings).

Pros: Lots of humor and plenty of action engage kids in this easy reader for second graders.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The stories are funny and the kids will go back to the illustrations for an extra laugh. You are likely to find this (or others in the series) in every school and public library. If not, ask for it!

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE FAIRGROUND GHOST (Usborne Young Reading)   FANCY NANCY AND THE BOY FROM PARIS (I Can Read, level 1)   MORRIS GOES TO SCHOOL (I Can Read Book Series, Level 1)

Educational Themes: In addition to being a good practice reader, the book (and the series) offer great opportunities to talk about life, especially how misunderstandings happen. Some words have two meanings, sometimes people aren't explicit in their directions, and why its important to ask if you don't understand something.

Literary Categories: Fiction - humor, easy reader series, school

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009

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