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Madeline Hardcover – September 30, 1958
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Poor Miss Clavel! In "an old house in Paris that was covered with vines," Miss Clavel oversees the education of 12 little girls, the littlest of whom is the mischievous Madeline. Despite her size, she fearlessly pooh-poohs the tiger in the zoo and frightens Miss Clavel with her adventurous antics. When she awakens the entire house with her plaintive cries in the middle of the night, Doctor Cohn whisks the appendicitis-stricken Madeline off to the hospital where, some two hours later, she awakens to find a scar on her stomach! The scar (not to mention the flowers, toys, and candy given to Madeline by her father) proves quite interesting to the rest of Miss Clavel's charges when they make a special trip to visit her. Ludwig Bemelmans's lilting rhymes are music to children's ears, and the quirky, oddly perfect drawings of the girls in "two straight lines" lend an enticing Parisian flavor to this perennial children's favorite. (Ages 3 to 8) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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.
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The end papers and one illustration show the ile de cite, the pont neuf and the small park on the isle where now the tour boats are docked.
That's all specially meaningful to me because it is from the bridge and into the Seine that I threw the key to the lock I secured to the bridge,honoring the love my deceased wife and I had for each other. In the little park below my grandaughters husband proposed to her.
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.
This is a Spanish translation of the classic book. Same format. Same artwork. The story is charming.
Great practice for any intermediate Spanish student.
It is a joy to read the books you read as a kid in a new language.