Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip

Gr 1—3—When literal-minded little Amelia Bedelia goes on a class trip to Fairview Farm, she goes in search of the farmer's wife's "green thumb," "shakes her leg" when told to hurry, corrects a classmate who calls the rooster a "loudmouth" by saying it's a "loud beak," and pitches the lunch salad all over the farm when asked to toss it. Her imagination goes wild as she envisions the potatoes having eyes, the corn having ears, and the lettuce having heads. She wonders if the farmers will plant jelly beans along with all the other varieties. After a strenuous day, she looks forward to a refreshing swim in the "car pool." Amelia Bedelia's antics are well balanced by the insertion of interesting farm facts. This combination of humor and information makes for a enjoyable story. Lively, cartoon illustrations add a colorful splash to the hilarity. The farm-animal theme is sure to be popular with youngsters.—Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
In School, young Amelia takes her teacher literally; for example, gluing herself to her seat. Trip follows the girl's antics while visiting a farm with her classmates. The jokes are amusing (though a couple are forced). Cheerful illustrations reflect Amelia Bedelia's headlong enthusiasm. This new edition of School is a paper-over-board version. Review covers these titles: Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School and Amelia Bedelia's First Field Trip.

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