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The Golden Basket
Celeste and Melisande visit the Hotel of the Golden Basket with their father, there they meet the boy Jan and his frog, two English traveling-together ladies, and Monsieur Carnewal.
(first published 1936)
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Well, at first I was really wondering what the point of the story was, but then it just developed into a lot of little fun stories, the most exciting of course being the little fiasco near the end. Every now and then the author tried to make it a learning experience by introducing little facts here and there about history or about how bell towers work, but he was not too successful with that. Still, the book turned out okay.
Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmand, and a writer and illustrator of children's books. He is most noted today for his Madeline books, six of which were published from 1939-1961. A seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999.More about Ludwig Bemelmans...