America's favorite housemaid turns 50
'Amelia Bedelia' debuted in 1963
- Duration 3:30
- Date Feb 19, 2013
'Amelia Bedelia' debuted in 1963
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Why thank you very much Clinton -- and a half a century if you can believe it fifty years.
Since a million video you first if I fumbled into the Rogers household -- the furniture would dusting powder.
Dressing the chickens in overalls are very literal housekeeper apparently.
And now more than 35 million copies sold in the United States -- we celebrate this housekeepers fiftieth anniversary.
With five new a million Vidalia releases and joining us now the author of a million video up her grandparents and -- are essentially hearing on the towards.
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But you parish that's correct on she's when he created the character in the first place way back in 1963.
And she's been going strong ever since and my -- that created.
Twelve books in the series and -- she passed away in 1988.
And kids kept writing in signal when is the next book coming out -- what I love about these are timeless fact that are absolutely and so because.
It really reflects the English language and people in the misunderstandings that people have with that you know all the -- -- -- n.'s Tom phones and and we'll give us and it's I'd first like I should confess I'd probably ought to be embarrassed by the -- and every and if it.
There is every night before -- every night that's right Donna Kendall.
What are your focus of your favorite examples of what liberalism plywood if they tell her in the first book which has just been reissued for the fiftieth anniversary they tell her to -- the furniture.
Which you know course we take the dust off the furniture and she says just the from -- why would you want to put dust on the furniture -- on dust furniture.
And so she fantastical outer -- -- tell us all the furniture and of course the most famous.
Mistake that she mixes they tell her to address the chicken for dinner and of course rather than getting ready to cook guy she -- -- This goofy shorts out.
I am and that IQ and -- and -- -- -- -- -- -- and that's all I can become very used to -- -- -- -- it as as the population has changed attitudes have changed.
I guess I'll let -- -- wouldn't -- that -- is not to go looking at a relatively few people have gone down but it's gotta love you get a minute -- on.
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-- -- I think it's just.
I don't think reeling.
-- just come I think she's just sort of timeless and in terms of mistake she makes these are mistakes that anyone can make it any point in time.
There's just all deals with the with the English language is English language is really expressive.
But if you take it literally the way -- -- -- doing it does is she is not a native speaker I've always wondered this.
-- -- -- She acts like it though -- actually these books are very popular in nine ESL classes Ford for adults not really because what happens is when summer comes this country and they're having a struggling with initial English language they feel very inhibited because they did they don't -- make -- mistake can be left cut.
And then they read -- Julia and they say oh here's a grown up.
They learn the -- and they say they sort of relax about.
And that's a self deprecating humor that everybody can really -- financially it's -- I'd like to that you have these chapter books out anything seriously they.
-- their books if you look at -- the older kids in.
Well kids would say well you don't we understand their their picture books or I can read books and the older kids like third fourth fifth grade they wanted it was sort of -- guilty pleasure to read to me today but they were in a chapter books.
And so we designed we decided to go -- do chapter books for them where is a little.
More chance to tell all of a longer story telling congratulations on your success -- -- on the practice is great on 43 -- it's a guilty pleasure for me a good success thank you very much.
She's great to meet the man behind thank you suddenly leave the billions of.