Amelia Bedelia is a children's picture book about a maid on her first day of work. She is left a list of chores to accomplish while her new employers go out. The story is about the literal use of language, and watching what we say as opposed to what we mean. It is a great lesson for children, but for adults as well.
While I have heard of Amelia Bedelia before I have never read the story. I was surprised to find myself laughing out loud. The picture of the turkey was as humorous as it was disturbing. I can see children laughing at the weird things that Amelia does, like hanging the light bulbs out in the sun. Although, I wonder if they would take away as much humor from the story as I did.
The illustrations are black, white, green, and gray. They are pleasing, well done, and work well with the text.
The fiftieth anniversary edition also includes pages about how Amelia Bedelia was developed, drafts of pages, and the history of Amelia Bedelia.
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