Amelie Gets Busy

Children - Picture Book
28 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2019
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Author Biography

Agatha lives in Patras, Greece, in north Peloponnese. She is a writer, teacher (Dyslexia/STM/ADHD/Autism), blogger, translator. She writes picture books, children's nonfiction, poetry, fiction, e-rhyming children's books «Amelie Gets Busy!» published in 2015 illustrated by Joanna Scott, showing her love for the Greek village nature and her yiayia (grandma), too.
Her short story was included in the Anthology (8 People Write for Patras - Enastron Publishing House-January 2019, Greece) and is nominated for the PublicBookAwards for 2020, in Greece.
She participated as a Translator and a poet in the Tri-Lingual Anthology on Haiku poems and Greek family Traditions published by LuzDelMes Publishing House-U.S.A October 2019.
Agatha serves as the Ambassador & Global Co-Host for Multicultural Children's Day(MCBD) for Greece,
and the Ambassador for International Read To Me Day for Greece,

She is the Founder of Greek Children Read & Write (Creative Writing for Children completing their own books. She is a passionate advocate for literacy and her mission is to promote Greek children's books to Diaspora. Every month she presents Greek Authors at the National Herald(Εθνικός Κήρυξ), the oldest Greek-American Newspaper in the U.S.A
Find her online at or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram as Agatha Rodi.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Little Amelie likes to keep busy, especially at the village farm where she can help care for the animals and tend the gardens. She greets all the animals with enthusiasm, starting with the chicks, roosters, and pigs. But, when the babies come charging at her with equal enthusiasm, Amelie is suddenly frightened and calls out to Yiayia. A bowl of strawberry ice cream calms the girl and she continues bustling around the farm, greeting all the animals and their babies. She’s learning as she goes and enjoying her work, too. Everything inspires the young girl and she marvels at how high the birds fly, or how delicately a bee swirls around a flower to soak up some nectar, or even the hedgehog that barely moves and looks like a log.

Agatha Rodi’s picture book story, Amelie Gets Busy, is a charming tale that will capture the attention of young readers, teaching them about life on the farm, the animals, and how important it is to keep busy. The story is told in free verse, using simple language to make it easy for a young reader to read along and perhaps read alone. The accompanying illustrations add to the charm and help move Amelie’s story through the farm and the animals and gardens she tends. The story is told with compassion. I love the ending: “I always take my village with me,/ The blue light and the hues of the rainbow/ That make me say wow!/ That’s why I’m so impressed!” Life might be simple, but in all its simplicity it can also be very satisfying and beautiful, as Amelie discovers.