Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection

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9780060091286: Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection

"Oh, Amelia Bedelia, your first day of work, and I can't be here. But I made a list for you. You do just what the list says," said Mrs. Rogers.

Five of the most popular Amelia Bedelia books on one tape!

Amelia Bedelia is the world's most literal-minded housekeeper, who causes quite a ruckus whenever she's given a chance. In Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, she arrives with a garden hose, and the party is turned into an uproarious mess. In Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia, her literal-mindedness adds a new dimension to the game of baseball, and Thank You, Amelia Bedelia features Amelia Bedelia pairing the vegetables and separating the eggs. In Come Back, Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia tries her hand at a variety of new jobs after Mrs. Rogers fires her for her muddles.

Collection includes:
Amelia Bedelia
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia

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About the Author:

The late Peggy Parish, well known for her stories about Amelia Bedelia, wrote many popular books for children, including Dinosaur Time, illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

"I hate reading but your books are changing my opinion." This letter, from a young Peggy Parish fan, comes as no surprise to the teachers and librarians who have put her books in the hands of children over the years. Ms. Parish wrote nearly three dozen children's books-many of which include her most famous character, the literal-minded maid named Amelia Bedelia.

Peggy Parish knew what children like to read. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English, she taught school in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and, for over 15 years, at the well-known, progressive Dalton School in New York City. It was at Dalton that she began to find ways to release her creative ideas and energy, Though she never took a writing course, "writing stories for children came naturally." Her first book, published in 1961, was followed with Let's Be Indians and in 1963 with her unforgettable Amelia Bedelia.

Always involved with education in some way, Peggy Parish did television pieces on preschool education and children's books, wrote children's-book review columns, and led numerous in-service training workshops for teachers. In discussing her ideas about education, she said, "Children's rights are taken away from them when they enter school. What I try to show teachers is that all the skills needed to read can be taught outside of textbooks. Today's children are not going to read what they are not interested in. And if a positive attitude toward reading is not developed during the first three years of school, it is virtually impossible to develop it later."

After living in New York for many years, Peggy Parish returned to her native South Carolina. She died in November, 1988. But Ameila Bedelia did not die. Peggy Parish's nephew, Herman Parish, has written Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia and Bravo, Amelia Bedelia!, published by Greenwillow Books in 1995 and 1997 respectively.

From AudioFile:

Thank the stars that Amelia Bedelia knows how to cook, as that is how she gets herself out of many a jam! This collection of six Amelia Bedelia titles provides the listener frequent opportunities to chuckle over Amelia's literal interpretation of the English language. When Mrs. Rogers's instructions include dusting the furniture or pruning the bushes, that is exactly what happens. You can just imagine what she does when her baseball team tells her to "steal a base"! But there is always a confection, such as lemon meringue pie or cream puffs, to save the day. Suzanne Toren's narration echoes the incredulity and preposterousness that Amelia experiences as she reads and executes each task. Toren provides authority as the narrator and gives subtle personalities to each of the supporting characters--an indignant Mrs. Rogers; a forgiving Mr. Rogers; and enthusiastic ball players. Be ready to chuckle along with these time-tested favorite stories. A.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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