Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish cover, a woman in a blue overcoat standing in an open doorway

Amelia Bedelia

Written by Peggy Parish

Illustrated by Fritz Siebel

New York, Harper & Row, 1963

5" x 7"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

One of the first of the "early readers" after The Cat in the Hat (1957) was Amelia Bedelia. This housekeeper's misunderstanding of instructions caused her to draw pictures of drapes rather than close them and dress a chicken in a cunning outfit rather than prepare it for roasting. We readers might consider the eponymous character ignorant because of her errors. Instead let us consider that she may be an English language learner, for whom homonyms and homophones can be especially challenging.


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