Wednesday, February 10, 2010

AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST VALENTINE by Herman Parish


I don't often focus on events or holidays when I choose books to share with the kids in the library. But I couldn't resist the new Amelia Bedelia book, AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST VALENTINE by Herman Parish. If you don't know these new "little" Amelia Bedelia books, they are quite a treat. . So far, there are two books in this new picture book series. (The first in the series is AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL that I learned about from Katie at Creative Literacy.)

I read this new book to our first and 2nd graders but I think the 3rd graders would also enjoy it. Amelia Bedelia is a little girl in this new book but she has the same issue with language and literal meanings as she does when she gets older. Amelia, as a child, is quite adorableWhat I like about these books is that they are so kid-friendly. The stories are school stories that the kids can relate to and the play on language is done in a way that young children can understand. In many of the instances, when Amelia misunderstands something that someone says, we see her thinking in a thinking bubble. A great invitation to conversations about the literal meaning vs. the intent of the language.

I think these books are a great bridge to the more difficult Amelia Bedelia books for transitional readers. I am looking forward to more to come out in this new series.

3 comments:

  1. oh...I gotta see this book. the playing on language caught my attention! thanks for the recommendation Franki!

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  2. Excited to know that there is an easier Amelia Bedelia series!

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  3. Just read this to my kids on Monday. They are drawn to little Bedelia. I also read the first in this series last week. I liked what you said about ti appealing to 3rd graders. My kids (2nd) as a whole were just ready to "get" her and the author's play on words and it is half way through the year.

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