A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that children will laugh over the heroine's silly mistakes and take pride in reading a book by themselves.
Is It Any Good?
Children never fail to laugh over Amelia's blunders, making her a perennial early-reader favorite, and the book's artwork is delightful. Parents may weary of the Amelia Bedelia series, especially as many of the gender roles are stereotyped and the vocabulary and setting are outdated. But children return to Amelia Bedelia again and again because she makes them feel smart: They can read the text's straightforward vocabulary and are more clever than Amelia.
The artwork is simple and eye-catching. Amelia's expression is cheerful and hardly ever worried.
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