A Teaching Guide to Amelia Bedelia
“No child can resist Amelia [Bedelia] and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language—and no adult can fail to notice that she’s usually right when she’s wrong.” —The New York Times Book Review
When Amelia Bedelia was first published in 1963, Peggy Parish was teaching the third grade in New York City. “Oh, Miss Parish,” one of her students exclaimed, “you’re not doing a thing but writing about yourself!” Peggy admitted that even she found similarities between herself and her famous creation. “I guess that loving mischief as much as Amelia Bedelia and I do shows. I simply enjoy laughing at life.” More than forty years and twenty-one million Amelia Bedelia books later, the literal-minded housekeeper is still going strong.
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In addition to her twelve Amelia Bedelia books, Peggy wrote nearly two dozen other books on a variety of subjects, for different age levels. Over the years, teachers and librarians have loved putting her books into the hands of children. They would not be surprised by Peggy’s favorite letter from a young fan: “I hate reading, but your books are changing my opinion.”