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Amelia Bedelia—an American icon is born!

One of the best parts about preparing for a big anniversary—such as Amelia Bedelia’s 50th—is that sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you uncover something extraordinary. We were fortunate enough to find the original dummy for Amelia Bedelia, courtesy of Gretchen Siebel, Fritz Siebel’s widow, and a storage unit. Since Amelia Bedelia was published in the days of pre-separated art, the dummy is (we think) more interesting (and more beautiful) than the finished artwork and features Fritz Siebel’s original sketches in black marker and green ink.

Amelia_Bedelia_Dummy_14-15 Greenwillow

Those editorial notes are from Susan Hirschman, who worked at Harper & Row at the time and was the editor of AMELIA BEDELIA.

2nd printing Amelia Bedelia Greenwillow

Another great find! The original AMELIA BEDELIA (2nd printing) for two dollars at a library book sale!


  1. What a find!

    I love Amelia Bedelia books – they are such fun to use with my students.

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  3. Shut. Up. This is great! I love A.B. & love original art! Thanks for the great post.

  4. Thanks for the peek into the creation of this classic. What amazing sketches!

  5. Virginia Rinkel says:

    I just sent my 7 yr. old granddaughter in Northern Ireland an Amelia Bedelia book. She opened it way before her birthday, and loves it. Thanks for posting this.

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