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ISBN-13: 9780140564396
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Series: Madeline Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 17,199
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 12.08(h) x 0.23(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) (, a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults, originally published Madeline in 1939. It lives on today, along with Caldecott Medal winner Madeline’s Rescue, as a seminal picture book in children’s literature. Ludwig Bemelmans’ grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, carries on his grandfather’s legacy and has written and illustrated four books about Madeline of his own, including Madeline and the Old House in Paris and Madeline at the White House

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Madeline 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have a long commute in our car to & from school, so we listen to children's books on CD to break up the time. Both of my kids, a 7 year old boy & a 3 year old girl enjoy listening to this, as does the rest of our carpool, ranging in ages up to 7. It is a classic that is just as enjoyable as when I read it when I was little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every little girl loves Madeline books. There is something appealing about the repetition from book to book. Children love the fact that they can remember part of the books from one to the other because they repeat. A few books from this series with a Madeline doll make a great gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Madeline' by Ludwig Berrelmans is a book about a little girl named Madeline. She lives with 12 other little girls. Madeline is the smallest of the group. This is a book about how Madeline's appendix was hurting her. The doctor took Madeline to the hospital. Find out if Madeline feels better...I love this book because it is inspiring to me. I love the adventures that Madeline takes. Madeline is a good main character because she is a very nice character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Madeline' by Ludwig Bemelmans is a book about a girl named Madeline. Madeline is a very cute girl who always wears a skirt. Madeline always goes away from the group, until... I love this book because Madeline wears yellow and my favorite color is yellow too. I also like how Madeline's friends treat her. They are very nice to her. Madeline is the smallest girl of the group. Even though Madeline is the smallest she is not scared of many things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun to read and get into the story. The pictures also made it very easy to follow along. I think its a great book for girls as well as boys to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this book since hearing it, then reading it for myself at three and a half years of age. The meter lends itself to memorization, and the story is as good for boys as it is for girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was purchased as a gift for my 2 1/2 year old daughter while she was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy. She instantly loved it and likes to see that she and the Madeline doll have the same scar! This book and doll helped make having major surgery much less scary for her.
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HeatherSwinford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic story that takes adults back to their childhood, and young readers into Madeline's world of the orphanage. The stories are neat and short allowing for the reader to maintain the information of what they have read.
bestwhensimple on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was a child, I remember reading Madeline with my mother. I even remember the TV series that depicted Madeline's adventures in Paris. This speaks to how memorable Ludwig Bemelmans' character really is. The simple watercolors of yellow, black, and gray are paired with full color complicated scenes of city life in Paris. The Notre Dame looks very realistic, though bathed in a dreamy aura of rain. Miss Clavel's worry gets translated into a blur on the page. The Caldecott Honor-caliber illustrations are a pleasure to look at, and they also reflect the wonderful story of Madeline's appendix. Every young child should have access to this book. It's a marvelous read for beginners!
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madeline is an adorable story about a little orphan girl who is not afraid of anything. One night she woke up crying and had to have her appendix taken out so she went the hospital. When all the other little orphan girls came to visit they had brought Madeline flowers and looked at her scar on her stomach. When the little girls got home they all wanted their appendix out too.Madeline is an adorable classic story that I remember reading all the time when i was a little girl. I also can remember watching a television show with her in it. I have always enjoyed Madeline stories.In the classroom I would have the students all recall a time that they were in the hospital or knew somebody in the hospital and they wished they were there. Another idea would be to have them write their own little Madeline story.
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brave little Madeline is not afraid of anything and is mischievous, much to her care-takers dismay. When she gets sick everyone realizes that without Madeline everything is less fun.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This classic book is about a girl in a boarding school in Paris that gets struck by appendicitis. The main character is very bold and brave. The plot has a simple linear plot with an unexpected ending. The text is written in a rhyming style and the illustrations are done by the author Ludwig Bemelmans. This book is also the first book in a series. Highly recommended for an elementary library.
messelti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madeleine is the smallest and bravest girl in her house, but when she gets appendicitis she causes a stir among the other girls, who want to do the same things as she. Minimal text guide readers through the delightful pen and watercolor sketches ripe with details that show the difference between parallel scenes in the story. The unhappiness among the other girls is evident in the pictures many pages before the last pages, when full-fledged crying fits have broken out. An incredibly cute story that is simple, clever and relatable, highly recommended for any picture book collection, especially in public libraries.
amanda_c on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
QUALITY:With its iconic images and vocabulary of simple rhyming words, this classic picture book has delighted children for seventy years.POTENTIAL USE:Madeline makes for an excellent read aloud book, and is simple enough that children can also read it for themselves.CHILD APPEAL:While concepts like nuns, or Paris, or appendectomies may be unfamiliar to many modern children, this classic tale of a free-spirited little girl will engage children with its accessible drawings and appealing rhymes.
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the original Madeline book the reader is introduced to the 12 little girls in two straight lines and their caretaker, Miss Clavell. Madeline is the youngest one, and she is fearless. She is rushed to the hospital one night to have her appendix removed and everyone is very worried about her, until they go to visit her and find out that not only is she recovering quickly, she has a room full of presents and a cool scar on her stomach.This is a charming classic that all children should read at one point. The illustrations depict different Parisian landmarks, which are fun to identify.
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story of a little french girl who wakes up with appendicitis in the middle of the night and how her friends are there for encouragement. I love the rhyming ¿In an old house in Paris/ That was covered with vines/ Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.¿ I also just love the illustrations and story. Though it is short it easily transports you to Paris. I think grades k-2 would just love this book for leisure reading.
ReneePesheck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first reading of Madeline. The story is about a young school girl in Paris that has to leave her friends in the middle of the night to have an appendectomy. The text is quite simple but the content is more advanced. It deals with fear of illness, fear of a friend leaving, dealing with the illness of a friend, visiting the hospital, care-giving. I would highly recommend this book. It gives a great background for children into the realm of unexpected illness.
kdangleis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline. The Viking Press. 1939. This charming read-aloud book is a rhyming sensation from start to finish for young children, especially girls. It's the story of a little girl who lives in an old house in Paris with Miss Clavel (a nun) and 11 other school girls. The nun is the prime caregiver and has the 12 girls in two straight lines most of the time. Madeline is small, but mighty. She doesn't fear mice or tigers and appears to be quite a dare devil. The story becomes serious when Madeline wakes crying and is taken to the hospital where she stays for 10 days with an appendicitis . Her schoolmates worry about her and Miss Clavel takes them to visit. To their surprise, Madeline is doing fine and enjoying candy, toys and a dollhouse from her father. Perhaps they're most envious of Madeline's scar. The story ends comically when Miss Clavel is wakened by the 11 girls crying, wanting their appendixes out too! Miss Clavel gently reminds them to be thankful for their health. Most impressive, are the gorgeous illustrations done by Bemelmans himself. This Caledecott Honor Book is simple, yet powerful The fantasy of being in the hospital, eating treats and having gifts brought to you is something all little children can relate to. I was always envious of my friends who got their tonsils out because they got to be in the hospital and eat ice cream for days. Miss Clavel's advice to the girls to be grateful for their health may not be understood until the girls are older, but is not lost on the reader. Another book written in the same decade is Bishop, Claire Huchet. The Five Chinese Brothers. illus. by Kurt Wiese. Coward, 1938.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a series of "Madeline" books. The illustrator captures well-known French landmarks and depicts them simplistically but beautifully at the same time. Madeline is a mischievous little girl, who pushes her teacher. This book shows the love an adult can have for a child or children. The text at the end of the story gets smaller and smaller to show that the story is at its close. Great book!
caitsm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A classic story of everyone's favorite little red-head, Madeline. Madeline is a happy girl who loves to play and joke and have fun. One night she has to get her appendix out and gets to stay in the hospital.
ababe92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl who likes to have a lot of adventures. She lives in an orphanage with twelve other girls. I would probably read this to my girl students i do not think boys would like it that much. I would recommend this to most teachers.
HeatherGabrich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madeline is a classic and one of my favorite stories and shows. It is about a little girl who lives with 11 other girls and Ms. Clavel. They always walk in two straight lines. Ms. Clavel always knows when something is not right. One night, it was Madeline. She was sick. She had to be rushed to the Hospital. All of the little girls were very sad because it was not the same without Madeline. The girls went to visit Madeline. They were not happy until Madeline was well. Eventually all the little girls were back together in their two straight lines.
lrflanagan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This timeless treasure is about a group of girls who live in a girl's home in Paris and the smallest one of all is a little girl named Madeline. She was not scared of anything, even when she had to have her appendix taken out. It is a cute rhyming story and the illustrations are very unique. All the Madeline stories were favorites when I was younger.
Waiter22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
8.Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is a short children¿s book about the main character, Madeline. Madeline has red hair and is the smallest of the girls in her orphanage. Miss Clavel is the nun who teaches the girls who live in the orphanage. Madeline always scares Miss Clavel because she is the bravest girl living with her and she gets into some dangerous situations with her dare devil attitude. There are several other short stories in the Madeline series, but this book is the first. Also, the pictures are very fun in this book and I have observed many teachers using this book for math lessons.