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Madeline and the Gypsies Paperback – May 1, 2000
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Ludwig Bemelmans was actually born in 1898 in that part of the Tyrol which is now known as Merano, Italy, and came to the United States in 1914. A painter and illustrator, Bemelmans contributed covers to "The New Yorker," and also started writing fiction. His first children's book, "Hansi," was published in 1934. A world traveler and true cosmopolite, Bemelmans wrote and illustrated "Madeline" in 1939 but had trouble finding a publisher because most editors felt that despite its humorous verse and simple artwork the book was too sophisticated for children (Soon & Schuster originally published the book, although the rest of the series would be published by Viking, Bemelmans usual publisher). Bemelmans named his most popular creation for his wife, Madeleine Freund, whom he had married in 1935. They had a daughter named Barbara, who would provide inspiration for some of the Madeline books.
Thinking that this book was originally written and published in France is a reasonable conclusion given all of the Paris scenes Bemelmans pictures in his book.Read more ›
This book is not just for little girls. Boys can enjoy the story as well.
"Madeline and the Gypsies" first appeared, in a shorter version, in "McCall's" in 1958-59. As readers recall from "Madeline and the Bad Hat," next door to the old house in Paris that was covered with vines was the house of the Spanish Ambassador, whose son Pepito was reformed by Madeline (well, actually by a pack of dogs, but Madeline endorsed the whole thing). His parents are gone and Pepito invites the twelve little girls over a Gypsy Carnival. A cloudburst sends everybody home, but when the girls are tucked into bed Miss Clavel discovers that Madeline is missing. This is because at the top of the Ferris Wheel, stuck in the rainstorm, are Pepito and Madeline. He climbs down to get aid and the Gypsy Mama, with the aid of the strong man and the clown, get Madeline to safety.
Explaining that "Gypsies do not like to stay--They only come to go away," the Gypsy Mama gives the drenched children medicine, puts them to bed, and takes Madeline and Pepito with her when the carnival leaves. Now, technically I suppose this IS kidnapping. But there is a long-standing tradition of running away to join the circus (Toby Tyler anyone?) and "Madeline and the Gypsies" is very much in that spirit.Read more ›
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It came in the mail quickly and looks great! Very happy with this purchase.Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable, as are all of the Madeline stories. My youngest granddaughter loves these.Published 5 days ago by Florence
The book was exactly as described. I gave it as a gift and the person who received it really enjoyed the book. I would order from this company again.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite book when I was a young child; my daughter's favorite book when she was young; also a favorite of my grand daughter; and now this is a present for my grand daughter's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book as a child and am thrilled that my toddler now loves it as well! It's such a sweet story with adorable illustrations.Published 2 months ago by Emily BD