Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card (Amelia Bedelia)

by Herman Parish (Author) Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card (Amelia Bedelia)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Amelia Bedelia
Generations of children have fallen in love with Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper so literal-minded that she puts sponges in her sponge cake and pitches a tent by throwing it into the woods. Now fans can find out what Amelia Bedelia was like when she was a little girl just starting school. In the picture book Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card, young Amelia Bedelia and her classmates visit the library. Exploring the shelves of books, volunteering at the front desk, and meeting the librarians is so fun! But Amelia Bedelia's favorite part is getting her very own library card. Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card is a love letter to reading, libraries, librarians, and books. Author Herman Parish is a nephew of Peggy Parish, the creator of Amelia Bedelia.
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--This sixth Amelia Bedelia title by Herman Parish presents a younger, modern Amelia in a wordy picture-book format. When Amelia's class takes a trip to the library, the youngsters get a tour that includes a chance to check in returned books, a walk through the stacks (not of hay or pancakes), and a visit to the children's room. With assistance from the librarian, Amelia picks a book about cupcakes to borrow but accidentally winds up with one on weather instead. This turns out to be surprisingly prophetic and, during a thunderstorm, she leaves the book outdoors. Horrified, she and her mother explain the pulpy mess to the librarian, who accepts their offer to replace the book and an apology cupcake. "Yummm!" says the librarian. "Amelia Bedelia, I'm glad you brought this in for me to check out!" Amelia takes a few things literally, but the text has far more subtle wordplay and library rules than Amelia's typical misunderstandings. Avril's illustrations done in gouache and black pencil do a fine job of depicting everything from the settings to Amelia's ever-changing expressions, bringing the text to life. Sure to be popular where Parish's previous Amelia Bedelia titles have done well.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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Review quotes

Praise for Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School: "Amelia Bedelia wears her new picture-book format well...[it] works beautifully as a new way to encounter the gaffe-prone gal."—ALA Booklist
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Greenwillow Books
Publication date
May 28, 2013
Amelia Bedelia
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV047000 - Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
JUV009080 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Books and reading
Amelia-Bedelia (Fictitious character)

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