by Bethany Meyer
This book series is about the beginning of Amelia Bedelia's work as a maid for a man named "Mr. Rogers", and her other adventures. Amelia Bedelia does not understand idioms, so she often gets mixed up with the meaning of what someone is trying to tell her to do. The books in the series talk about her mistakes, and the reactions that others give to her way of understanding things.
This story is telling you to not take everything literal. Amelia Bedelia is known as a character to be drastically literal, and it often leads to her messing something up. When she is told to "dress the turkey", she does dress the turkey. When the box is open by Mr. Rogers' wife, she see's the turkey in green overalls and socks.
It also tells you to never give up. Through out many of her stories, even when she messes up she tries to understand her mistakes. When she is playing baseball in "Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia", she is trying to learn how to play. When she takes the boys' instructions literally, she ends up messing up many times. However, she doesn't give up.
The last implication is a small, but important one. Everyone has a talent for something. Often Amelia Bedelia is baking sweets such as cakes and cookies. Even though she takes things literally, she never messes up when baking those common sweets. In "Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia", after she makes the 'uniform', she bakes cookies to fill up her cookie jar.
Excerpt from "Amelia Bedelia" By Peggy Parish
"Now let's see what this list says," Amelia Bedelia read:
Change the towels in the green bathroom.
Amelia Bedelia found the green bathroom. "These towels are very nice. Why change them?" she thought.
Then Amelia remembered what Mr. Rogers had said. She must do just what the list told her. "Well, all right," said Amelia Bedelia.
Amelia Bedelia got some scissors. She snipped a little here and a little there. And she changed those towels.