Madeline by Ludwig BemelmansMadeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


byLudwig Bemelmans

Paperback | May 1, 2000

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In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.
Nothing frightens Madeline—not 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!

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.
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...
Title:MadelineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 12 × 8.5 × 0.22 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014056439X

ISBN - 13:9780140564396

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book The illustrations in this book are beautiful and I love how the main character is a girl! Girls Rule!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great memory I have great memories of my grandmother reading me this book. It was always a favourite. Now I have gray joy reading it to my son. Timeless classic
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised I had never read this book growing up, but of course had heard of it. When we were in the library, my kids picked it up. I can tell why it's a classic. Great book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Classic! Timeless classic - was wonderful to read this as a child, and am now happy to be able to share it with the next generation!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful tale! This book is a favourite among my girls! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous illustrations! The illustrations in this book are great, and the story, although simple, is great for kids as they can easily repeat the simple rhyming lines and follow along. It's also great that he tells you all the real places in paris that he has used in his story. I see it as a mix between "Eloise" and "Dr Seuss"!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Children's Story This is a classic children's story for a reason - the story has just the right amount of drama for a small child, and the illustrations are a delight.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love the illustrations - can't wait to show my daughter and explain all the different sites in Paris in the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun A timeless children classic.
Date published: 2017-02-22

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940. The combination of spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes "Madeline" a perennial favorite with children of all ages. Full color.