âIn an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.âÂ
Nothing frightens Madelineânot tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years!
It's the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of eleven little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, butÂ when Madeline finds help from a magical merchant, the girls embark on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.
Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, includingÂ Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, andÂ Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.
About: With everyone else sick in bed with a cold on Christmas Eve, it is up to Madeline to run the school, and she finds a remarkable helper in a rug-selling magician.
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