BOOK REVIEW: Amelia Bedelia Series #igslekki

Children never fail to laugh over Amelia’s blunders, making her a perennial early-reader favourite, and the book’s artwork is delightful.

Parents may be weary of the Amelia Bedelia series, especially as many of the gender roles are stereotyped and the vocabulary and setting are outdated. But children return to Amelia Bedelia again and again because she makes them feel smart: They can read the text’s straightforward vocabulary and are cleverer than Amelia.

The artwork is simple and eye-catching. Amelia’s expression is cheerful and hardly ever worried.

Amelia Bedelia is the first book in the Amelia Bedelia children’s picture book series about a housekeeper who takes her instructions literally. It was written by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Seibel, and was published by Harper and Row in 1963. Holt Rinehart and Winston adapted this and several other books in the series for its I Can Read! line of beginning books.

Over 35 million copies of books in the series have been sold. A 50th anniversary edition was published in 2013 which includes author’s notes and archive photos. The first two chapter books in the series written by Peggy’s nephew, Herman Parish, were published to coincide with the anniversary, focusing on the young Amelia Bedelia. The idea for the book came from Peggy’s third-grade students at the Dalton School in Manhattan who tended to confuse vocabulary, often with comic results. A housekeeper at her grandparent’s home, where she often played as a child, was likely the inspiration for the protagonist.


Amelia Bedelia is hired as a maid to the wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Despite meaning well, she can’t seem to do anything right because she misinterprets the Rogers’ instructions – many of which are idioms. Mrs. Rogers gives Amelia a list of chores to complete while the couples go out for the day. After choosing to make a lemon meringue pie to surprise the Rogers, Amelia proceeds to take all the instructions literally: she dresses the chicken by fitting it into tiny clothes, draws the drapes by sketching them onto a piece of paper, dusts the furniture by covering it with cosmetic dusting powder, and put the lights out by hanging light bulbs on a clothesline. When the couple returns home, Mrs. Rogers is bewildered that none of the chores had been done and Amelia has wreaked havoc throughout their house. Mrs. Rogers is on the verge of firing Amelia when Mr. Rogers puts a bite of Amelia’s lemon meringue pie into his wife’s mouth. Mrs. Rogers finds it so delicious that she forgives Amelia and decides to continue to employ herbut vows to write more explicit instructions in the future.

BOOK OF THE WEEK – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. #igslekki

Boys dont keep diaries, do they?
The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to. Its a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before youre ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowleys star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friends new found popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious manner.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, Just dont expect me to be all Dear Diary this and Dear Diary that. Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he wont do and what he actually does are two very different things.
Since its launch in May 2004 on, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.

A must read for children.


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You Have a Brain:  A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G. by Ben Carson. #igslekki #bookOfTheWeek

Earlier this year, Dr. Benjamin Carson, emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and paediatrics at Johns Hopkins (also a 2016 presidential candidate) added another accomplishment to his impressive record  a book entitled You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to Think Big. The inspiration for the book sprang from the advice Dr. Carson’s mother gave him when he was young: You have a brain. Use it.
The book is built on anecdotes from Dr. Carson’s life, and influential role models who brought real meaning to the THINK BIG qualities. As a youth, he came to believe his mother’s assertion that effective use of his brain could enable him to rise above the challenges presented by life and adolescence, including peer pressure. The inspiring stories in this book demonstrate the need for teens to use and develop a love of learning, to be all they can be. Dr. Carson himself pursued multiple interests throughout his adolescence and found that each of them, whether art, music, science, or the military, contributed to his professional success and enjoyment of life.

Intent/FocusA THINK BIG guideline for teens, incorporating Talent, Honesty, Insight, Niceness, Knowledge, Books, In-depth learning and God.

What Teens will learn: How a teenager can overcome obstacles and achieve personal greatness, by applying Dr. Carson’s THINK BIG approach.

Why we recommend it: As educators, our careers are centered on helping to develop the potentials inside our students. Dr. Carson’s book provides real-life examples as well as a neuroscientists insight to optimizing the use of our brain and our learning opportunities.