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Amelia Bedelia
Parish, Peggy.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Amelia Bedelia. Spanish
First Spanish edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harper Arco Iris, 1996.
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 5453.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3 2 Quiz: 00339.

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SPANISH READER Juvenile Fiction Spanish Language

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Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper with a literal mind, merrily upsets the household when she "dresses" the chicken and "trims" the steak with ribbons and lace.

Author Notes

Peggy Parish was born in Manning, South Carolina on July 14, 1927. She attended the University of South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While visiting her brother in Kentucky, Parish was persuaded to enter the teaching profession. After teaching creative dancing to young children, she moved to Oklahoma and taught third grade in the Panhandle, in addition to teaching dance and producing community shows.

Parish's first book, My Golden Book of Manners, was published in 1961, followed by Let's Be Indians in 1962. A parent of one of the students, who was an editor of adult books, found out she was trying to break into the writing field and introduced her to an editor at Harper who helped improve her skills as a storyteller. This, of course, led to her biggest breakthrough, the creation of Amelia Bedelia in 1963.

Parish eventually wrote 11 more Amelia Bedelia books as well as a number of mystery novels, and arts and crafts books. Among these other titles are Haunted House, Dinosaur Time, The Chimp That Went to School and Let's Celebrate: Holiday Decorations You Can Make. In addition to writing books, Parish did television pieces on preschool education and children's books, wrote book review columns and led a number of in-service training workshops for teachers.

Parish died of an aneurysm on November 19, 1988. Her nephew, Herman Parish, continues to recreate new titles in the Amelia Bedelia series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-3. Maintaining the humor of the original, easy-to-read story about the literal-minded maid, this fluid Spanish rendition shows Amelia following senora Lopez's instructions to the letter. Young Spanish speakers will chuckle as the maid misinterprets Spanish expressions.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3‘The hilarious antics of a housekeeper whose literal interpretations of her list of chores lead to some extremely funny messes. The translator maintains the humor and the plays on words found in the original English text, thus making this Spanish rendition free flowing and amusing. It is worth mentioning that the simple narrative is accessible to beginning readers. The brightly colored cartoon artwork is integral to the presentation, as many of the jokes are played out in the pictures. Fun fare.‘Ruth Dlugos, NYPL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.