Beloved children’s character turns 50
PEGGY PARISH CREATED Amelia Bedelia
in 1963. More than 35 million copies of her
books later, everyone’s favorite mixed-up
housekeeper is still going strong and still providing fun for millions of new readers. Peggy’s
nephew, Herman Parish, has continued the
series since 2005 by adding 27 books and
introducing Amelia Bedelia as a young girl. In
this Connection exclusive, Costco’s book
buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, catches up
with the grown-up Amelia Bedelia during a
recent shopping trip to Costco.
PCI: I’ve seen how you dress a chicken—tiny
socks and shorts. You have good taste.
AB: I just hope the chicken does. All this talk
about food makes me hungry. Can we go get
PCI: Sure, that’s as easy as pie.
AB: Let’s save the pie for dessert.
she’ll grow on you!
Pennie Clark Ianniciello: It’s lovely to meet
you, Amelia Bedelia. You look pretty good after
50 years of keeping house.
Amelia Bedelia: Thanks. Shopping at
Costco has made my life easier. I use lots of
PCI: How about cutting your birthday cake
instead. Happy birthday, Amelia Bedelia!
Many happy returns.
AB: Thank you, but I hardly ever return what
I buy at Costco.
PCI: I bet! Brooms, mops, sponges ...
AB: I use sponges for baking sponge cakes.
Don’t confuse cleaning with cooking.
PCI: We try not to sell any lemons.
AB: Well, I just got a big bag of them for my
lemon meringue pie.
PCI: My mistake.
AB: I do like your bakery.
PCI: For you, making lemon meringue pie is a
piece of cake.
AB: No, pie is pie and cake is cake. You need
to bake more.
PCI: We made this sheet cake just for you.
AB: Oh, thank you! Did you include pillows
and a bedspread?
PCI: Blow out your candles and make a wish.
AB: I wish my next 50 years will be as much
fun as shopping at Costco. C
PCI: You can get those over in our home
department. There’s a lot to see on the way. Do
you like window shopping?
AB: Does Costco sell windows?
PCI: Window treatments.
AB: Well, if my windows get sick, I’ll bring
The Costco Connection
Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Amelia
Bedelia Unleashed and “You’re the Best,
Amelia Bedelia!” are available in most
Costco locations and at Costco.com.
AUTHOR HERMAN PARISH
reveals how young Amelia Bedelia
came to be.
When I visit schools, kids
always ask, “Why does Amelia
Bedelia take everything literally?
Did she always act like that?” It
got me thinking: How would
Amelia Bedelia have gotten along
when she was growing up? A
young Amelia Bedelia would have
been prone to all kinds of mix-ups.
There’s a first time for everything.
And for Amelia Bedelia, that first
time could be pretty funny.
That led to Amelia Bedelia’s
First Day of School (Greenwillow
Books, 2009), which kicked off a
picturebook series of “firsts”—her
first field trip, first valentine, first
apple pie and more. Now I’ve written a new chapter book series perfect for kids who are reading on
their own. She’s just a bit older in
the chapter books and having
more fun and getting into more