My younger daughter has been begging me to write this post for over a month now. She’s a huge Amelia Bedelia fan (the rest of us are too) and we talk about Amelia Bedelia’s interesting perspective on life all the time. Whenever my daughter hears a phrase that could be thought of in several different ways, she likes to come up with what the real meaning of the statement is and what Amelia would do. She’s even been surprised at the answers sometimes. We’ve love the conversations that have ensued.
My daughter has been verbally writing little fan fiction scenes for her Amelia Bedelia story lines. Here are a few of Teagan’s ideas of what Amelia Bedelia books she’d like to see (and will probably write with my help and/or her sister’s help):
- Amelia Bedelia Donates Blood
- Amelia Bedelia Dogsits
- Amelia Bedelia and the Chinese Restaurant (we envision a great egg roll and egg drop soup scene)
- (another) Amelia Bedelia Babysitting
- Break a Leg, Amelia Bedelia
- Shake a Leg, Amelia Bedelia
- Hop to it, Amelia Bedelia
Why do we love Amelia Bedelia so much? For those of you who have never heard of her, she’s a quirky adult woman who works as a house keeper and cook for a wealthy family.
But, she’s more than a quirky individual. She is extremely literal. I can picture the little girl Amelia used to be. In fact, I know several kids who are very much like Amelia. That thought process led me to the title of this post: They all have Asperger’s Syndrome. Amelia Bedelia, too, could be diagnosed with this high functioning Autism. I LOVE that she isn’t though. Everyone quickly learns that Amelia lives to the beat of her own drum – literally. She sometimes messes everything up, but it always works out in the end (usually with food since she’s such a good cook). Her offbeat humor is exactly what makes her special.
Here’s to the Parish family, authors of the great Amelia Bedelia books. Thanks for giving us something to talk about and a character we love.
Want some Amelia Bedelia fun? Check out the Harper Collin’s webpage on her with several fun activities.