Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Hardback) Winner of 1940 Caldecott Award Honor
Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.
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Reading Level: 6+
"This is a classic, must-read book for children. When this was published back in 1939, Bemelmans presented us with a wonderful story of Paris and a little girl who is rushed to the hospital due to an attack of appendicitis. I understood little of what was going on at the age of 5 or 6 when I first read this book, but being in the hospital with flowers and toys and having everyone admire Madeline's scar, hooked me. Now I have most of Bemelmans books on my bookshelf and love each one. This was a selection for the Goodreads children's picture book group."
"I always enjoyed reading this book as a young girl, and when I picked it up again from the library a few days ago, I fell in love again! This book has a great message about friendship, and the illustrations take the reader along a great journey around Paris, France! When Madeline has a medical issue, her friends and caretaker visit her in attempts to make her feel better. When all the other girls see Madeline's scar, they all want one as well, and that shows how much all the other kids look up to each other!"
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