The Amelia Bedelia series recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of print, so it seems fitting that today’s book is a member of the series. Peggy Parish’s story, Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping, is recipient of New Jersey’s Garden State Children’s Book Award. For a chance to hear a read-aloud of the story, click on the title!
For those of you new to the series, Amelia is a housemaid for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Her unique perceptions of the world make for comical stories. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping is a heartwarming tale of Amelia’s first camping adventure with the Rogers. From the initial pages of the book, it’s apparent that she makes literal interpretations of everything she’s told.
After numerous mishaps and misunderstandings, Amelia learns how to camp through jumping in head first, sometimes literally, with a zest for life and trying new things.
The book would be a fantastic resource for elementary-aged children to teach saying what you mean (by learning how NOT to from the story). It is equally important to be understood by your audience, as it is to say the right thing. After enjoying this book, readers will be amused by Amelia’s odd sense of humor and want to read more stories about her charmingly quirky life!
Other wonderful titles in the series include (among others):