Amelia Bedelia. What can I say. I always wanted my parents to hire a maid, but I could never decided if I wanted Amelia Bedelia or Hazel.
I was a very literal child and I could totally identify with Amelia. I mean, I had often had those same questions. Seriously, wouldn't dusting mean to put dust on it? The chocolate covered fish, a picture that will stay in my head all my life.
But as an adult with kids who take everything literally, I was able to read them Amelia in all her incarnations and use them as a teaching moment, or ten, and get them to see that maybe, just maybe, everything shouldn't be taken so literally and maybe, just maybe, a well-placed question or two can save a lot of trouble. Even though my kids are beyond the age to read Amelia now, I can't imagine not having a copy just to chuckle with every now and then.