Timeless Thursdays: Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and nephew, Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia is still alive and well in spite of the fact that lovable author, Peggy Parish, died in 1988. Thank goodness her nephew and HarperCollins have continued the series with one of my favorite characters in all of literature: good-old, literal, fun-loving maid Amelia Bedelia. The first book, pictured here with a new cover, was written in 1963, and Peggy wrote over 10 books with this main character before she passed away, including my favorite (and the one I always used to teach struggling readers in Title I):
Of course when someone tells you to run home, you have to go all the way to the building where you live–not to home plate on the ballfield. Everybody knows that, right? I have lesson ideas to go with Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia here.
If you haven’t checked out Amelia Bedelia lately, then you should. If you are a parent or home school parent, rush to your local library or visit a bookstore, and buy these up for young readers. Peggy Parish actually received a letter from a young reader that said, “I hate reading but your books are changing my opinion.” WOW! All children’s authors, including me, can only hope for a letter like that. If you are a teacher of primary grades, give your students some fun books to read. There are so many Amelia Bedelia books now–one for practically any subject, holiday, special event–check out Harper Collins website page about Amelia. At this site, you can also find information about Peggy Parish, Herman Parish, the illustrators, the story behind the books, games, all the book titles, and information on teaching the books.
So, on this Timeless Thursday, what am I encouraging you to do?
Read Amelia Bedelia books with kids, and use HarperCollins website to help you have even more fun and learning adventures!