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Amelia Bedelia Is the Most Terrifying Character in Children’s Literature

I did not grow up with Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia books, but my kids are. Maybe that should change.

Amelia Bedelia is a household maid (and occasionally other professions) who is kind and generous, but has a major problem: she takes everything literally. If you tell her to dust the furniture, she’ll spread dust on the furniture. If you tell her to dress a turkey, she’ll take a turkey out of the refrigerator and put it in clothing.

Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly tell a new Amelia Bedelia story that reveals how horrifying this tendency is. You can read the rest here.


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Excellent description of someone on the Autism / Asperger spectrum. The books are a way of teaching them the different meanings of words in context.
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