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Madeline (1939)

by Ludwig Bemelmans

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Series: Madeline (1)

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Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

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Reading level: grades k-2
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book
  tagravel | Dec 9, 2023 |
Yay, Madeline! I checked this book out at least five times when I was in second grade. ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
At an orphanage in Paris, a little redheaded girl gets appendicitis.

I thought I remembered this having more of a backstory for Madeline, but no. She just gets her appendix out and that’s it. Still lovely illustrations though. ( )
  norabelle414 | Dec 30, 2022 |
I always enjoyed the Madeline cartoon as a kid. The song was catchy and Madeline (and Pierre) were amusing. That said, I don't think I ever read the books.

But the first book is not bad. Very similar to the show but lacking music. The story is a little confusing - orphans? Papa? boarding school? I don't really get the circumstances of Madeline's living arrangements but it's a minor thing to ignore.

I enjoyed the rhymes and the illustrations were gorgeous. Particularly the watercolour ones. I really liked the text arrangement on the last page, the way it echoed the trailing off of the rhyme. The story itself was fairly simple but entertaining to follow.

Target audience 4.5 stars, rounded to 5. For myself 3.5.

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  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
I read this, maybe in my twenties, with no sense it wasn't for adults too. ( )
  mykl-s | Nov 25, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ludwig Bemelmansprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bemelmens, LudwigIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Golan, AviramTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linde, FredaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Livon-Grosman, ErnestoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piumini, RobertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poslaniec, ChristianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, JeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rybin, SusanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
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Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

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Bemelmans' rhythmic rhymes make this book a great one for a readaloud with preschoolers or primary-age children. The story is suspenseful enough to be interesting, but not too scary; the illustrations (mainly in tones of yellow) not only support the story, but also offer a view of Paris. A list at the end of the book identifies the Paris locations that are illustrated.
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