A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amelia Bedelia's predicaments keep children engaged in the story. Serviceable art works with the unembellished text to make the points clear.
Is It Any Good?
COME BACK, AMELIA BEDELIA combines humor with simple language principles to create an entertaining learning experience. Like other books in this series, there isn't much story, and the writing sometimes strains to stay within the limited vocabulary of an easy-reader. But children find it entertaining, and the simple writing style makes this a good choice for early readers.
Reading about Amelia Bedelia's constant struggles with words can be helpful for school-age children who have difficulty mastering reading and language concepts. Seeing that following instructions is hard for an adult helps them relate to the character. The simple illustrations focus on Amelia's misguided actions, encouraging children to use their reasoning skills in interaction with the text. Younger children may be concerned that Amelia is banished after she makes a mistake, but by the end of the book she is comfortably back in her home.
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