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Madeline's Christmas
     

Madeline's Christmas

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by Ludwig Bemelmans
 

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"That old house in Paris that is covered with vines' still holds the irrepressible Madeline, who here manages to keep things going when everyone is sick abed Christmas Eve....The pictures are vintage Bemelmans -- brisk, energetic, and strikingly composed." Booklist

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"That old house in Paris that is covered with vines' still holds the irrepressible Madeline, who here manages to keep things going when everyone is sick abed Christmas Eve....The pictures are vintage Bemelmans -- brisk, energetic, and strikingly composed." Booklist

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"Jingle Bells" and Christmas carols might be filling the air elsewhere, but this season at Madeline's house, sneezes and coughs are much more common. To warm her sick housemates, our young heroine buys the entire stock of a door-to-door rug salesman. Unfortunately, that leaves the poor merchant very chilly, and so Madeline takes him in. In a dazzling show of gratitude, he turns all the rugs into flying carpets to transport all the young girls home for their family's festivities. A vintage classic Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline story.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Madeline joined the company of story immortals in 1939, when Bemelmans introduced the lion-hearted French child to the world. The original and five sequels excited critical raves, awards and an international readership. Now the sixth saga, reprinted from a McCall's magazine feature, will be offered as a book. On Christmas Eve, the old house in Paris, covered with vines, is also swarming with germs. Miss Clavel and her charges, except Madeline, are downed by the flu. So the littlest of the 12 girls nurses the ailing ones but a mysterious caller arrives with the promise of turning a sad Yuletide into an adventure. Madeline buys 12 rugs from the turbaned visitor and tucks them around the chilly invalids until she discovers that the covers are more than comforting. They are magic. They take Madeline and her friends on a wonderful flight, bringing back the joys of the season. (38)
Publishers Weekly
Other good things come in book packages. Madeline's Christmas Book and Doll boxes up a copy of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline's Christmas plus a 7" toy Madeline. The doll wears a festive red coat and hat.
Children's Literature
Bemelmans' tiny heroine is the only person in the old house covered with vines who still feels well this Christmas season; everyone else has a cold. A knock at the door isn't Santa Claus but someone equally welcome—a rug merchant. Madeline buys all of his rugs to warm her housemates' feet. Alas, the merchant is now cold and returns to be doctored by Madeline. It turns out he is also a magician, and turns the rugs into flying carpets to fly the girls home to their families for Christmas. The story is a little disjointed and is more concerned with the magic than Madeline. Diehard fans of the series will still clamor for it anyway. This tale first appeared as a book insert in the 1956 Christmas edition of McCall's and was restored with the help of the Bemelmans family. 1999 (orig. 1956), Puffin/Penguin, and $5.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
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"That old house in Paris that is covered with vines' still holds the irrepressible Madeline, who here manages to keep things going when everyone is sick abed Christmas Eve....The pictures are vintage Bemelmans -- brisk, energetic, and strikingly composed." Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670806669
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Series:
Madeline Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans (1896-1963) was born in the Austrian Tirol, coming to the United States in 1914. Although best known for his children's books, he also wrote fiction and non-fiction for adults, on subjects he knew best: hotels, traveling, and Hollywood.
 
He was a frequent contributor to magazines, including The New Yorker, Town and Country, and Holiday. Bemelmans was also a painter, whose art was displayed in exhibitions around the world.

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Madeline's Christmas 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
A_Father_from_TN More than 1 year ago
We just like the Madeline series, and plan to collect all of them.
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