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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
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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of the Amelia Bedelia series, especially as many of the gender roles are stereotyped and the vocabulary and setting are outdated.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.