Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Herman Parish:
Amelia Bedelia and the Cat
Soon after Mrs. Rogers borrows Amelia Bedelia's umbrella in case it rains cats and dogs, the literal maid finds a real kitten in the garden. Amelia Bedelia cares for the small cat for a series of amusing adventures as well as Amelia Bedelia's characteristic misadventures.
Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
Young Amelia Bedelia literally and figuratively hits the trail while on a nature hike with her class. They wade in a stream with a boy named Wade, collect leaves for a nature table back at school and more in this funny, easier to read tale of a school-age Amelia Bedelia.
Amelia Bedelia Means Business
A kindhearted Amelia Bedelia with pigtails works as only she can to earn enough money to buy a new bicycle. Laughs follow the chaos of Amelia Bedelia's literal-mindedness in this first novel about her youthful entrepreneurial efforts.
Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over
Young Amelia has a great time at her first sleepover with Rose and other girls. Readers will laugh at Amelia's literal interpretations of familiar activities such as painting nails and toasting marshmallows.
Amelia Bedelia Under Construction
The addition to the Hardy home for their new family addition will never be the same after Amelia Bedelia babysits the older and obedient Hardy children. Wordplay and misunderstandings in Amelia Bedelia's unique way are the hallmark of this comical escapade.
Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie
After raking leaves, Amelia Bedelia and her granddad go to a farmer's market for apples to bake apple pies. Birds eat grandmother's large pie while it cools, but Amelia Bedelia's small one is perfect to share with everyone. A tasty apple pie recipe is included.
Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece
Amelia Bedelia foils a forger, thwarts a theft, discovers a new talent and literally cleans up modern art while visiting the art museum. Clearly drawn situations make clear — and laughable — the actual meaning of Amelia Bedelia's precise understandings.
Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm
Amelia Bedelia is back! This time she is keeping everyone at the library on their toes. Between knitting book "jackets," hiding from the scary thesaurus, and stealing the bookmobile, no one — especially the librarian — knows what will happen next. Will Amelia Bedelia's good intentions save the day?
Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist?
Literalist housekeeper Amelia Bedelia is back to help a teacher with the science fair. Snappy dialogue, slapstick humor, and recognizable situations are easy to read and sure to engage.
Amelia Bedelia: Road Trip!
When young Amelia's dad gets an extra week of vacation from work, they go on a special family vacation — roaming — all recorded in Amelia Bedelia's faithfully kept journal. Her literalist tendencies are humorous and portend the housekeeper she grows into in later books.
Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia
Mr. Rogers takes Amelia out to practice her driving so she can visit a cousin. Of course, humor abounds when driving directions are taken all too literally! The literal-minded maid is fresh and funny in this rolling adventure.
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