Herman Parish was at the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, composed the very first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper was a part of the household ever since. Peggy Parish expired in 1988. She would be very happy and thrilled to know that using Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia; Bravo, Amelia Bedelia! ; Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor and now Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia, her nephew is carrying on -- to get a new generation of readers -- the heritage that she started years back.
In His Own Words... "In true Amelia Bedelia style, I backed into writing these novels concerning the literal-minded housekeeper who kids laugh at and love. Amelia Bedelia was made with my aunt, Peggy Parish. Although she passed away in 1988, Peggy still received fan mail from children. They wondered if the next Amelia Bedelia book will stand out. Subsequently other children's writers wrote and volunteered to carry on the sequence. I felt uncomfortable about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. As I had been at the fourth grade when she first looked, I had actually grown up with her. So I decided to try to write a brand new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My two sisters and my family were very supportive and encouraged me. I had had experience in writing advertisements. I reread the Amelia Bedelia stories to figure out what made them amusing. I realized that regular life overflows with idiomatic expressions, literalisms, and homophones. It is amazing more people don't get confused-besides Amelia Bedelia! My first book, Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia, took me a year to think about and one night to write. I was collecting ideas, homonyms, and sayings. Whenever I heard them, I jotted them down: on napkins in restaurants, in my newspaper when riding the bus, also on agenda sheets in business meetings.
I stockpiled these fragments in a folder before one Sunday night, along with my family asleep, I determined that it was now or never. I sat down about ten o
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