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Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia [Hardcover]

By Herman Parish (Author) & Lynn Sweat (Illustrator)
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When the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia helps out at her doctor's office one busy day, nothing seems to go quite right until Amelia begins to treat the impatient patients.

Publishers Description

Date: A hot day in August.

For: Young readers.

Symptoms: Dr. Horton's office is full of waiting patients. The doctor is delayed. The patients' patience is running out. Nurse Ames needs help

Treatment: Amelia Bedelia, helper par excellence, who solves all problems, even if she creates new ones along the way

Recommendation: Open this book, turn the pages, and get ready to laugh at Amelia Bedelia's latest literal misinterpretations, medical style

Citations And Professional Reviews
Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish & Lynn Sweat has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 07/08/2002
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 06/15/2002 page 887
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 07/01/2002 page 81
  • Booklist - 08/01/2002 page 1975
  • School Library Journal - 08/01/2002 page 164
  • Horn Book Magazine - 11/01/2002 page 763
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 62
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 89
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 62

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Greenwillow Books
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 23, 2002
Publisher   Greenwillow
Age  5-8
ISBN  0060014210  
ISBN13  9780060014216  
UPC  046594015990  

Availability  0 units.

More About Herman Parish & Lynn Sweat

Herman Parish In true Amelia Bedelia fashion, I backed into writing these books about the literal-minded housekeeper who children laugh at and love.

Amelia Bedelia was created by my aunt, Peggy Parish. Although she passed away in 1988, Peggy still received fan mail from children. They wondered when the next Amelia Bedelia book would be out. Then other children's authors wrote and volunteered to continue the series.

I felt uneasy about Amelia Bedelia leaving our family. As I was in the fourth grade when she first appeared, I had literally grown up with her. So I decided to try to write a new Amelia Bedelia adventure. My two sisters and my family were supportive and encouraged me.

I'd had experience in writing advertisements. I reread the Amelia Bedelia stories to figure our what made them funny. I realized that everyday life overflows with idiomatic expressions, literalisms and homophones. It's 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 had been collecting ideas, homonyms, and expressions. Whenever I heard them, I jotted them down: on napkins in restaurants, on my newspaper while riding the bus, and on agenda sheets in business meetings.

I stockpiled these fragments in a folder until one Sunday night, with my family asleep, I decided that it was now or never. I sat down around ten o'clock and began to write. I was so focused on the story that I finished as the sun came up on Monday morning. Naturally, the story needed revision, but the essence was captured in that all-night writing spree.

I am fortunate that my editor, Susan Hirschman, and the illustrator, Lynn Sweat, had worked with Peggy on many Amelia Bedelia books That helped make the transition from Peggy's books to mine as seamless as possible.

I feel very lucky to be writing Amelia Bedelia books and continuing a family tradition. But the best reward was when a child wrote Peggy Parish a fan letter. It said that Good Driving Amelia Bedelia was the best book she had written. To me, that the highest compliment I could hope for.

Herman Parish currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia?

Hilarious!  Feb 4, 2008
Ohhhh, brother! The worst HMO in the world wouldn't tolerate these shenanigans!

Amelia Bedelia is "helping out" again, in that special way that only Amelia can! Just imagine our favorite literal-minded thinker in the wonderful world of medicine -- and there you have it! They say laughter is the best medicine, and Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia is guaranteed to cure whatever ails 'ya!

Teens in the house were howling with laughter as they read it out loud to the younger kids. The whole family will enjoy this book.

Highly recommended!
girls 6-10 will love this book  May 21, 2007
My granddaughter, age 8, loves this book. We bought her the whole series and she was thrilled.
I wish I could write like this!  Jul 6, 2004
Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, like all of his Amelia Bedelia books, is hysterically funny. Parish's use of expressions confuse Mr. Rogers' maid, Amelia Bedelia, throughout the entire story. Poor, silly, Amelia Bedelia never realizes how confused she really is. She takes everything anyone says literally, so when her boss Mr. Rogers says "jump in the car", she thinks that he actually means to sit in the car and jump.
In this story, Amelia Bedelia goes to the doctor. However, when she gets there the nurse asks for Amelia Bedelia's help with the patients. A woman who calls the doctor's office to complain that she has "caught a bug" is told to "let it go" by Amelia Bedelia. She proceeds to tell a woman who has hives to bring some honey to the doctor's office. She looks at a bank's clock to take a patient's temperature and she tells a boy to draw his own blood onto a piece of blank paper. A boy says that he is at the office for a test and Amelia Bedelia tells him that he must go to school.
No matter what Amelia Bedelia did for most of the book, she is a hit when she "treats" the patients to ice cream! This is not exactly what the nurse had in mind when she said to treat the patients, however, Amelia Bedelia comes out looking like a hero!
Amelia Bedelia is entertaining to the adults who read this story to children because we have an even better sense of Amelia Bedelia's silliness. I love reading this story to my second graders and they love hearing it!

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