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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Amelia Bedelia is excited to try everything new on her first day of school.
Positive Role Models
Positive-minded Amelia doesn’t even notice when she misinterprets information, and her teacher remains solidly supportive and helpful.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there is nothing of concern in this light book. While this is about Amelia’s first day of school, it may not be a good choice for kids who haven’t yet been to class -- the word games might confuse them rather than help them learn what to expect. Students who are well past first-day jitters will appreciate Amelia’s mix-ups more.
Is It Any Good?
Kids who are already confident in handling the school routine will be amused by Amelia Bedelia’s silly misunderstandings in this trifle of a book. Fans of the Amelia Bedelia series will enjoy seeing her as a bright-eyed, enthusiastic student.
Some of the wordplay, focused on homophones, idioms, and the like, might go right over the heads of younger readers. But kids who already know how school works can relate to her blunders. And the attitude here is unrelentingly positive. Her classmates laugh with her, not at her, and often delight in the fun -- as in when Amelia thinks “jumping rope” means hopping over a rope on the ground. It’s harmless fun, but not especially interesting.
Cheerful, bright cartoons fit Amelia’s enthusiasm.
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