July 2015


Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish

From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that’s okay. When Amelia Bedelia is involved, everything always turns out perfectly in the end!


  1. In this book, Amelia Bedelia is often confused by words and phrases that have multiple meanings, and she gets mixed up in funny mishaps. Expressions that are NOT meant to be taken literally are called idioms. Words which are pronounced alike but have different meanings, like flower/flour, are called homonyms. Illustrate your favorite idiom by drawing a picture of the literal meaning. Write the idiom on the back of the paper. Show your drawing to a sibling, parent, or friend, and ask them if they can guess the idiom.

  2. Can you describe Amelia Bedelia’s personality by listing her character traits? Give examples from the story to support each trait. For example, can you demonstrate that Amelia Bedelia is kind-hearted, imaginative, or persistent? What are some positive things we can learn from her character?

  3. Summer is one of the most critical times for children to read every day. Students who do not practice reading during the three-month break from school can fall back years behind their literacy skills! There are so many great books in the Amelia Bedelia series. Once you have finished the book of the month, you can visit your local public library to check out other books in the series.

  4. Amelia Bedelia takes part in all kinds of adventures and experiences in the Amelia Bedelia book series. Summer is a great time to take a trip, see a new place, or try something new. What are you doing with your family this summer? Do you have plans for a family vacation, to attend summer camp, or play a sport? Our Tennessee State Parks and children’s museums across the state are great resources for learning and fun this summer. Write a detailed account of your summer and include activities that you have done or will do. Temporal words like words, like first, next, and finally will help you describe the order of your adventures.