Amelia Bedelia's Wacky World


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She had just finished her sponge cake, made with, of all things, actual sponges. Her next recipe called for the eggs to be separated.

"So I have one upstairs in the attic and the other outside on the deck," Amelia Bedelia, the iconic children's literary character shared. "That's what the recipe called for, separated eggs."

For those unfamiliar, Bedelia is a maid who struggles with idioms, expressions not meant to be taken literally. In each book, she repeatedly misunderstands her responsibilities and list of chores, causing her to perform wrong actions with comical effect.

Bedelia was penned to life as the protagonist and title character of a series of American children's books written by Peggy Parish until her death in 1988.

Bedelia's ever-patient employers are the Rogers, based on Parish's own grandparents.

Bedelia is quick to point out many of her mishaps are the result of miscommunication.

"Mrs. Rogers never gives clear directions for anything," she said. "I just do what I'm told to do because I don't want to get in trouble."

Now, Bedelia has come to life to tell her tale with the help of retired teacher Cindy Reynolds.

"I was just at the Riverside Elementary school for Read Across America," Bedelia said. "I love visiting schools because kids are so smart these days."

She'll be returning to the Triboro area at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., as part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association's "Making Character's Come Alive" series. It's all part of an effort to keep children actively engaged in reading.

"It's all part of my birthday. I'm turning 50 this year," she said. "And it's also free. But it's very important people call the library to make a proper reservation to attend."

Reservations must be made by Friday, March 15, by calling 562-1234.

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