Madeleine is said to be the most popular children's book in France. It is also somewhat popular in English speaking countries.
Please note the difference in spelling. Madeline in English has an extra letter “e” in Madeleine in French.
The book is about an old house in Paris that was covered with vines where lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. The book follows the daily adventures of Madeline, a 7-year-old girl attending a boarding school in Paris with eleven other girls, under the care of their teacher, Miss Clavel.
The book consists of drawings including of famous places in Paris.
About the Author
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) (www.madeline.com), 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