Amelia Bedelia

Book review by
Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media
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Literal-minded housekeeper in fun easy reader.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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What 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.

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Adult Written byRebeccaSpark May 29, 2019


Parent of a 6-year-old Written byrmahoney68 May 8, 2010

Rethinking Amelia Bedelia in a non-Victorian era context.

1. Is it possible for any 6yr old to understand Victorian era references in 2010? 2. Young children will automatically assume that Amelia is "special"... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 17, 2010

A Good Laugh

Teen, 14 years old Written bymkalv February 7, 2009


This series is perfect for kids. It is funny and cute, with a maid who misinterprets everything. Kids will laugh and laugh.

What's the story?

When, on her first day as the Rogers's maid, Amelia Bedelia follows directions to dust the furniture, she applies a coat of dusting powder to it, and by the time she "draws" the drapes, children will giggle over her silly mistakes. This classic about the housekeeper who follows her chore list literally features cartoonlike illustrations that are simple and charming.

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of the Amelia Bedelia series, especially as many of the gender roles are stereotyped and the vocabulary and setting are outdated.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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about misunderstandings. Have you ever gotten into a situation like Amelia because you misunderstood something? Talk about homonyms and idioms, and come up with other examples.

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