Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip (Amelia Bedelia)

by Herman Parish (Author) Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Amelia Bedelia
For almost fifty years, children have been reading about the hilarious adventures of Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper so literal-minded she puts sponges in her sponge cake. Now, in a series of bestselling picture books, kids can discover what Amelia Bedelia was like when she was a little girl in elementary school. In Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip, a picture book with exuberant, brightly colored illustrations, Amelia Bedelia is going on a field trip with her class. She expects to see, well, a field. To her delight, she and her classmates arrive at a working farm! Amelia has a great time, although mishaps and misunderstandings are unavoidable. Her confusion over a green thumb, runner beans, and ponytails will give readers the giggles.
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School Library Journal

Gr 1-3--When literal-minded little Amelia Bedelia goes on a class trip to Fairview Farm, she goes in search of the farmer's wife's "green thumb," "shakes her leg" when told to hurry, corrects a classmate who calls the rooster a "loudmouth" by saying it's a "loud beak," and pitches the lunch salad all over the farm when asked to toss it. Her imagination goes wild as she envisions the potatoes having eyes, the corn having ears, and the lettuce having heads. She wonders if the farmers will plant jelly beans along with all the other varieties. After a strenuous day, she looks forward to a refreshing swim in the "car pool." Amelia Bedelia's antics are well balanced by the insertion of interesting farm facts. This combination of humor and information makes for a enjoyable story. Lively, cartoon illustrations add a colorful splash to the hilarity. The farm-animal theme is sure to be popular with youngsters.--Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Parish has turned the clock back, making Amelia Bedelia young again and giving a new generation of readers the opportunity to enjoy her humor and self-confidence."—Kirkus Reviews
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Greenwillow Books
Publication date
June 20, 2011
Amelia Bedelia
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV025000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | Farm Life & Ranch Life
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
School field trips
Amelia-Bedelia (Fictitious character)

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