My first rhyming e-book for young learners “Amelie Gets Busy “was published in December 2014. Thank you, the book’s illustrator and friend Joanna Scott, for bringing “Amelie” into life so beautifully!
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- January 2019 Reviewed by Elisavet Arkolaki for MALTAMUM, http://maltamum.com/celebrating-multicultural-childrens-book-day-mcbd-2019/
Agatha Rodi with her short poems and descriptive language, and Joanna Scott with her soft and cute illustrations adding just the right feel to the storyline, successfully give the young readers a glimpse of the Greek village life. I read it to my children and it brought memories of their own grandparents in Greece. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to bring back and reinforce memories of their child and their grandmother. Parts of the story are universal and I believe it will resonate with most children.
b) Cooking activity inspired by ‘Amelie Gets Busy’
Cook a quick and easy spinach pie (spanakopita) with your little ones. Click here to watch the video and get the recipe
c) A traditional children’s song that talks about grandma’s garden + imagery and pictures with animals and scenes from the Greek countryside
- Amelie on MCBD’S Giant Linky for 2019 https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-childrens-book-day-giant-linky/?fbclid=IwAR25hUV8wB4pymUlFbQIwS36xAbEO-T_cgSdDSEifVBNO8qB1oiqZknOZSg
- JANUARY 2018 Reviewed by VICKI, for “Babies to Bookworms!”
LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES
Amelie Gets Busy was written by Agatha Rodi and illustrated by Joanna Scott. Amelie is visiting the farm in her Grandmother’s village, and she is impressed by all of the sights and smells around her. She walks through the garden, sharing everything she sees through short poems.
This book encourages kids to look at the small details of life around them, just as Amelie treasures all of the small details in her Grandmother’s village. The illustrations are soft and colorful, bringing the descriptive language to life. While the story is meant to give kids a glimpse of Greek village life, parts of the story are universal enough for kids anywhere to experience, reminding us how similar we really are.
Teaching and Learning Through Literature
I really appreciate the push for more diverse children’s books. It is so important for kids to be able to recognize themselves or their lives in the characters that they are reading about. In addition, I have always been fascinated by other cultures, and so I am always excited when I can learn about them through great picture books that my daughter and I can enjoy together. To learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day, check out the list of sponsors and resources below!
- JANUARY 2016 Reviewed by Jonathan Kemmerer-Scovner for “PictureBooksReview”
Young Amelie is very impressed! She announces this right up front, in case there was any doubt, but to discover by what exactly she is impressed, one must read on.
Amelie spends her days in the village farm with her yiayia – Greek word for ‘grandma’ – a with all of the plants, birds, and animals therein.She is a bit trepidatious at first, but yiayia is there to comfort her and to show her the wonders of life in this small, Greek village.The flowers, the hedgehogs, the birds feeding their young, they all contain wonder.
Here I come, blooming garden! Oh, I am so impressed! Check more at:
- JANUARY 2016 Review by Author Maritza M. Mejia for Multicultural Children’s Book Day book review Link up!
- JANUARY 2016 Reviewed by Maritza Martinez Mejia – Author, with Activity especially designated by Maritza! Gracias para todo!
Since the beginning of the story, the main character, Amelia seems impressed with all the wonders around her at the village’s farm with her Greek grandma named yiayia. Visiting Grandma is an opportunity to enjoy nature, flowers, plants, birds and farm animals. The lovely yiayia protects Amelia with affection and care. The children story ends with a fond display of yiayia’s favorite keepsake box where she keeps the reason to be impressed by farm’s life.
The author Agatha Rodi uses elegant rhymes to make the story dances with poetic structure. Soft pastel illustrations depict the simple and beautiful gardening and farming’s Greek lifestyle. Check more at:
- OCTOBER 2015 ”Amelie Gets Busy” was chosen as the annual contributor to AOIS 21 Magazine!
- JUNE 2015 “AMELIE GETS BUSY”, the 100th book REVIEWED BY LISA’S KIDS’ BOOKS by Lisa Waters! Check more at http://bookrev.wixsite.com/4kidsbooks/single-post/2015/06/25/Were-Celebrating-our-100th
Here’s the Review on my blog: https://agatharodi.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/a-new-review-by-lisa-waters-for-my-e-book-amelie-gets-busy/
- JANUARY 2015 Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite!
Amelie Gets Busy! by Agatha Rodi is the charming story of Amelie who goes to her Greek yiayia’s village and is fully occupied with the activities happening there. She enjoys being with the chickens, rooster and pigs, the trees and the birds. She is also impressed with the beautiful flowers and her Greek yiayia’s biscuits and cupcakes and loves feeding the crumbs that fall to the birds. She does a bit of gardening with enthusiasm and carries the essence of the village in her keepsake box when she leaves. This beautiful story captures a young girl’s village trip and the sights and sounds that fascinate her there.
The story is adorable and delightful and it stimulates the senses. It introduces young readers to life in a village, the rustic beauty that exists there and the quiet and serene ambiance. Children learn many new things from Amelie’s trip to her village. The illustrations are delicate and colorful, and they convey the author’s thoughts clearly to readers. The illustrations also breathe life into the story and characters. It is a beautiful book that can be used as a bedtime storybook and can also be used in classrooms and libraries for read-aloud sessions. Amelie brings the beauty and abundance of her village to readers in a detailed manner. She does not miss out on anything. The book teaches children to be more observant of their surroundings. The village trip tells them more about the beauty that can be experienced there. Check more at: