Friday, May 24, 2013

May Book Review: Amelia Bedelia Means Business

May's Mommy and Me Book Club book was Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish.  It's taken me a while to blog about it because our copy of the book was lost twice.  There were lots of tears shed when it was lost.  And then again when it was found.  Lots of emotions.  We're all good now.

Amelia Bedelia Means Business is one of three chapter books featuring a young Amelia Bedelia and written by Herman Parish, nephew of original Amelia Bedelia author Peggy Parish.  Here's Chloe's review of the book:

My book is about Amelia Bedelia.  She wants a new bike.  She does jobs.  When she [is] a watris she steps on a pie.  I think that is the best part.  The way she makes mony is buy selling lemon tarts.  Amelia Bedelia is funny.

That about sums it up.  Chloe thinks Amelia Bedelia is the funniest character, ever.  I enjoyed the book, but after a while wanted to scream, "Stop taking everything literally, little girl!" 

For the first time, we were able to have our girl's night at home.  (The boys were on the Fathers and Sons Campout.)  We spent some time cleaning up Miles' "new" bike for his birthday, did a couple of lice treatments, ordered Chinese food, and made a lemon pie.  Good times!  (Except for the lice treatment part.  That's our new least favorite bonding experience.  Don't worry.  She's now lice free.) 

In the book, the reason Amelia Bedelia wants a new bike is because her friend gets a new one and Amelia Bedelia suddenly decides she hates her old bike.  Chloe and I talked about coveting and how hard it is to not want what other people have and how important it is to appreciate what we do have.  Amelia Bedelia's parents agree to pay for half of the bike if their daughter can earn the rest.  I asked Chloe what she would do if she were the mommy.  She said she would just make the old bike better.  Like, with glitter and stuff.

The next morning I asked Chloe what she wanted for breakfast and she sheepishly said, "Lemon pie."  I was so proud.

1 Wisecracks:

Patti said...

That pie certainly looks breakfast worthy. My mouth is watering! I liked the "life imitates art" aspect of your cleaning up a bike to give Miles while reviewing this book. It gave a real life example of making an old bike better. Well done Mom!