Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Herman Parish
Illustrator: Lynne Avril
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Amelia Bedelia is excited to go on a hike with her class. Along the way, the children spot lots of wild life: squirrels, deer, even a snake. They stop by a stream for lunch, and then, in true Amelia Bedelia fashion, Amelia misinterprets the teacher’s command and runs into the water to play! Soon the whole class joins her, even the teacher, and they enjoy the cool water before heading back to the classroom. On the hike back down, the children all collect things for their nature table. Amelia Bedelia finds some colorful leaves, but when a friend plays a joke on her, they all fall to the ground. her friend helps her recollect her leaves, but they end up finding something even better for the nature table – a caterpillar! Back in the classroom, the class gets an added bonus when they get to see the caterpillar turn into a butterfly.
Amelia Bedelia is back! And this time as a little girl! This is a delightful book to add to the series, written by Herman Parish, nephew of original author, Peggy Parish. Join Amelia as she and her class hit the trail, sometimes literally, and have lots of fun along the way. This story brings back the true charm of Amelia Bedelia, portraying her in a different setting. Her school-age character is relatable to young children, who are sure to find this book enjoyable. The story is written for beginning readers, with simple sentences that even they can decode! The text is accompanied by adorable illustrations that add lots of context to the words. Perfect for early elementary students, this colorful and entertaining book is sure to bring some laughs and give the children something pleasurable to read on their own!