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'Madeline' by Ludwig Bemelmans: the 75th anniversary edition

Madeline with pop-up of Paris -- still a classic
courtesy of Viking Juvenile

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 75th Anniversary Edition


"Madeline" is 75 years old. It seems impossible that the little girl who was so simply drawn by Ludwig Bemelmans has been read by generations of children and is now almost an octogenarian. She hasn't aged a bit!

Those first few pages include rhyming lines that are etched into the brains of countless girls (who seem to favor Madeline more than boys).

"​In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
In two straight lines they broke their bread
and brushed their teeth and went to bed.​"

Of course, the smallest one was Madeline. She was brave and exciting. She was rushed to the hospital to have her appendix out.

This anniversary edition is in a beautiful slip-case and includes an adorable (and collectible) pop-up spread of Paris and Madeline and her friends. It's a lovely way to introduce a new generation to Madeline and her adventures. And of course, Bemelmans' beautiful verse.

The series continues to this day with Bemelmans' grandson writing "Madeline and the Old House in Paris."

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Viking Press, for review purposes.

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