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Madeline Hardcover – Picture Book, January 1, 1967
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that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.”
Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years!
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.
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Ludwig Bemelmans was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. His Madeline book rank among the most honored children’s book series. Madeline was named a Caldecott Honor Book, and the first of its five sequels, Madeline’s Rescue, won the Caldecott Medal and was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. Mr. Bemelmans died in 1962, after completing Madeline’s Christmas. Visit penguin.com/madeline.
- Publisher : The Viking Press (January 1, 1967)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 54 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670445800
- ISBN-13 : 978-0590759427
- Reading age : 2 - 6 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : AD680L
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.13 x 0.47 x 12.25 inches
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Although most young kids don't know about orphans and living in an orphanage, they immediately bond with little Madeline. Children enjoy its cadence and rhyming (not at all like Dr. Seuss' books). It's less obvious and a bit more sophisticated.
Depending on a child's age and cognitive level, this book can go from simply entertaining (1) to broadening a child's knowledge (2), to higher order reading skills (3). Examples: (1) Reading a story; (2) What's an orphanage? Where is France? Do children speak English there? Tell me, what is the big, grey thing on the book's cover? (3) Do you think the girls are all happy to share a big bedroom? If you were Madeline, how would you feel? Why do we have an appendix?
Taken at face value, this classic is a lovely tale. But, it can also be a springboard for meaningful conversations.
-My copy that was shipped to me was torn by a sticker in the packaging
-There is a slur on the back cover that I didn’t realize would be there - times have changed
-I realized this is the book that gave me a lifelong fear of appendicitis that was especially strong in my childhood, and I remember wishing I had never read about such a thing that instilled this fear in me, so I didn’t want to pass that on to another kid