Amelie at Grandma’s is a beautifully written and illustrated kids’ book that captures a young girl’s trip to her grandma’s village, and the sights and sounds that fascinate her.
Amelie gets fully occupied with the activities happening there. She enjoys being with the chickens, roosters and pigs, the trees, and the birds. She is impressed with the beautiful flowers, enjoys eating homemade biscuits and cupcakes, and loves feeding the crumbs that fall to the birds. She enthusiastically does a bit of gardening and carries the essence of the village in her keepsake box when she leaves.
Perfect for all children ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and up.
Most suitable for Pre-K, grade 1, grade, 2, grade 3.
Amelie at Grandma’s – Η Αμελί πάει στη γιαγιά: Children’s Picture Book English-Greek (Bilingual Edition)
A well-written and beautifully illustrated bilingual children’s book in English and Greek, written by Agatha Rodi, a Greek author, and columnist at The National Herald.
Amelie at Grandma’s is a children’s book in English and Greek that captures a young girl’s trip to her grandma’s village and the sights and sounds that fascinate her. Amelie gets fully occupied with the activities happening there. She enjoys being with the chickens, roosters and pigs, the trees, and the birds. She is impressed with the beautiful flowers, enjoys eating homemade biscuits and cupcakes, and loves feeding the crumbs that fall to the birds. She enthusiastically does a bit of gardening and carries the essence of the village in her keepsake box when she leaves.
Perfect for all children ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and up depending on their level in the target language. Most suitable for Pre-K, grade 1, grade, 2, grade 3
JULY 2020 BILLINGUAL PUBLICATION by GREEK PUBLISHER.
I am happy to share with you my first bilingual Picture books for kids 4+ , published in Greek-English and Greek-French! Joanna Scott’s illustration’s show in the most beautiful way, Amelie while spending time with her granny! A beautiful book for your school and your kids to learn Greek, English or French, enjoying the Greek village experience!
Book Summary in Greek
Η Αμελί επισκέπτεται την γιαγιά της στο χωριό στην Ελλάδα, εντυπωσιάζεται από την φύση και δημιουργεί ένα ξεχωριστό δέσιμο μαζί της! Η Αμελί παρατηρεί τα δέντρα, τα πουλιά, νιώθει τις ομορφιές της φύσης και τα χρώματα να την αγκαλιάζουν. Οι μυρωδιές του κήπου την προσκαλούν να τον σκαλίσει ενώ τα χρώματα τριγύρω της, τις χαρίζουν μοναδικές στιγμές χαράς. Φεύγοντας από το χωριό παίρνει μαζί της, τις μυρωδιές των λουλουδιών και κρατά, καλά φυλαγμένες στην καρδιά της τις ξεχωριστές στιγμές που έζησε με την Ελληνίδα γιαγιά της!”
Book Summary in English
“Amelie is visiting her granny in the Greek village and she is impressed by nature and the bond that is created with her beloved granny. Amelie, is impressed by the birds, the hues and smells, the trees and the garden plants that make her be excited about the country’s life. Her granny’s presents accompany her once she’s gone and the precious moments spent at the village are for ever imprinted on her mind.”
Book Summary in French
La petite Amélie aime se tenir occupée surtout à la ferme du village où elle peut aider à prendre soin des animaux et à faire du jardinage. Elle accueille tous les animaux avec l’enthousiasme, à commencer par les poussins, les poules, les coqs et les cochons. Mais, quand les bébés viennent la charger avec le même enthousiasme, Amélie est soudain effrayée et appelle sa mamie. Un bol de glace à la fraise calme la fille et elle continue de s’activer autour de la ferme, saluant les animaux et leurs bébés. Elle apprend assez de nouvelles choses et apprécie son travail, aussi. Tout inspire la jeune fille et elle s’ émerveille des oiseaux, d’une abeille tourbillonne autour d’une fleur pour absorber un peu de nectar, ou même le hérisson qui bouge à peine, et ressemble à un ballon.
Emily-Jane Hills Orford, auteur primée pour Readers’ Favorite.
A Readers’ Favorite awarded book with 5 STARS!!!
Agatha Rodi grew up in Fostena, Greece, enjoying the giant poplars in her yard. She traveled with aunt Eleni’s myths and fabrications that echoed in the ravines. After many adventures, she set up her school, initiating her students into the magic world of writing. Her work appeared in 8 People Write for Patras (Anthology), Enastron, Greece, and in the Tri-Anthology, LuzDelMes, U.S.A. She is a member of SCBWI, 12X12 writing community and CyprusIBBY.She is the Ambassador/Globalco-Host for Greece (MCBD) & InternationalRead to me Day. Agatha presents Greek Authors at the Greek-American
Newspaper National Herald:
Find her online at: agatharodi.wordpress.com.
Joanna Scott has worked as an artist and illustrator for over
twenty years, her work being sold both in the UK
and internationally for clients ranging from Shreds
for Harrods and Selfridges to Halcyon Days Fine
Enamels in Mayfair, ITV, and Paddington Bear & Co.
Her work in children’s books includes some of the biggest
selling brands in the world. She has worked for awardwinning
authors like Lynne Reid Banks, as well as numerous
publishers and authors with fantastic stories to tell. Joanna also
works as an Art Director on publishing, editorial and packaging
projects, enjoying collaboration and communication as both an
illustrator and an art director.
Find her online at: https://joanna-scott.com/
PURPLEDRAGONFLY AWARD BOOK in EBOOK Category for 2020!
READERS’ FAVORITE AWARD 2019
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!
- 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
- JANUARY 2018 Reviewed by VICKI, for “Babies to Bookworms!” https://www.babiestobookworms.com/2018/01/22/celebrating-diversity-with-multicultural-childrens-book-day/ LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURESAmelie 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 LiteratureI 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:
- 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: