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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  105,635 ratings  ·  843 reviews
"Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating." The New York Times"
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Viking Juvenile (first published 1939)
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Marianne Werefkin
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline."

Who doesn't remember the first lines from the classic childrens book Madeline!? As a young girl I adored this book. I used to check it out of the library repeatedly, until finally my mother gave in and b...more
Sarah Sammis
Madeline is one of those books that has been in print for so long that everyone seems to know the story even without necessarily having read it. When I was pregnant with Sean, Ian and I saw the 1998 film version of Madeline. While watching (and enjoying) the film we realized that we couldn't remember the story. Ian went out and bought a copy for Sean.

The story is told through a simple rhyme taken a few words at a time across pages. The bulk of the tale though is in the illustrations as Madeline...more
I'm not quite sure what to make of Madeline, or how to rate the book. I'm quite sure my mom read this to me as a child--she gave us the most beautiful children's book selections through books she acquired at garage sales or checked out from the library--but I don't really have any warm-fuzzies attached to it so I'm guessing it was not a favorite.

It's still not a favorite. I can appreciate it, to an extent, but I am just not sure I really liked it that much. Maybe my expectations were too high? T...more
Brigid (evil owl master)
This is one of my childhood favorites. This may be strange. Even as a child, I had a sense there was something going on between Madeline and Pepito. I felt they had a thing going on. You know, "Romantically". What the hell is wrong with me! Is that just me? They were kids and yet I could sense something. I loved the French story and the all the girls and their quirks. It's a cute story. I used to adore the cartoon too. Yeah. Sometimes I just want to take my head off, I'm so fucked up.

PLUS SHE'S...more
Sep 09, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone young or French at heart
Shelves: childrens, french
When once asked if a book ever changed my life, I thought of "Madeline." It was in no way a profound awakening -- I was too young to even understand the lasting effects let alone remember the first time I read the book -- but it lay the seed for my fascination with all things French.

After the book came the Madeline doll (with her stitched on appendix scar) and the sequel stories and subsequent television shows. I still get nostalgic every time I see the two rows of girls in their yellow uniforms...more
I ran across this book today, and had a flood of childhood memories. I love Madeline, perhaps because she is French, Parisian, and Catholic, three things which I was not (and still am not). She also has a sense of adventure and fearlessness, which is not always common in stories about little girls. There is always a bit of a fascination with orphans too when one is a child-- not that one wishes bad to come to their parents, but the thought of a child without proper adult supervision is sort of e...more
“Madeline” is the first book created by Ludwig Bemelmans for his “Madeline” series and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award. This book basically details Madeline’s earliest adventures from standing up bravely to a ferioucious tiger to having a bad case of appendicitis.

Ludwig Bemelmans’ writing is creative and sweet as he writes the story in a rhyming text that efficiently narrates the story. The story of how Madeline suffers from appendicitis and how Miss Clavel and the other girls cared enoug...more
Anastasia Løgstrup Riebs
Ludwig Bemelmans

It was one of the first books I remembered as a small child taking a violent proprietary stewardship of; it was the book I wouldn’t share.

I don’t know how it was that I believed wholeheartedly that the book was, in truth, my own story from when I was another girl… I remember at age three being fulent in French, distinct in my likeness to the other orphans, and brave beyond measure.

It was easy, so easy to be those things, because of the love and security I found in Miss C...more
Tricia Douglas
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 se...more
Emily Holter
Children grow to love a little girl named Madeline when reading this unique poetic book. Madeline is a very daring, yet loveable little girl that most children can relate with. Madeline seems to be very daring and is not afraid of anything. Children would love her fearless approach on life. The story also shows Madeline’s brave side, as for she has to have her appendix removed. Children could relate to this because it shows Madeline in a big scary hospital.

The book tells the story of Madeline,...more
Loved it! This is a classic children's book with wonderful illustrations and rhyming verses.
I read this book many many times when I was young and to my children when they were young.
The story of French schoolgirl Madeline is timeless and includes picture references of many famous Paris landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame.

I read this book for free on We Give Books.
I liked this book but not too much maybe because I couldn't find a solid learning experience that can come out of it. The only thing I could think of is the social studies domain because the girls are in Paris. This book includes many real sites that are actually found in Paris. It would be great for a unit on cultural differences incase a child might have a French background. We might talk about the differences and similarities of Paris and our current state like the boarding schools, the type...more
Madeline has been a character in my head from my youth and then years of baby sitting that I expected to come back to, but I didn't really remember the story. We read it last night as part of a Sonlight P3/4 suggestion, but I'm delighted to see that it will also be on our Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten list.

The edition that we read was a part of The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud. I really enjoyed the story, but this is another example of one t...more
Madeline is a little girl in Paris who lives in a house with twelve little girls who do everything in two lines. Madeline has to have surgery to have her appendix removed, and all of the girls miss her terribly. The girls get to visit Madeline in the hospital and wish that she was back home with them.
The drawings are very simple. The colors in the story are limited to yellow, black, white, and a small amount of green, blue and red. The people in the story almost resemble stick figures, but someh...more
Mary Soderstrom

Madeline is the first book I ever borrowed from a library. It was brand new, the year must have been 1947 or 1948, and I saw it in a display of new books. You had to have a library card to borrow and to get a card you had to be able to sign your name, so, dyslexic me, I made my mother help me practice until I got the "Mary" down pat. The librarian let my mother sign my last name, as I remember.

Still love the book, and read the French version recently to my grand daughter Jeanne.
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3/5 Stars...
This book used to be one of my favorite books of all time. But then I guess for me it got a little boring, I don't know why, sense I was a big fan of this book before, I have no idea what happened, but oh well. -sigh- I'll try reading this book again sense I own and try to bring the little girl in me to see if I'll LOVE it again like I used to :)

This story is about a girl named Madeline, in Paris.
This tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital has been famous for quit...more
Bemelmans' use of rhyming verse is effective at creating a sing-song quality for this long-loved classic. However, the division of the lines is sometimes awkwardly placed in order to allow for the various pictures used to supplement the story. Many of the concepts displayed in the pictures are outdated and/or foreign for young readers today and would require explanation. The book works well as a way of easing childhood fears about an operation or other illness that requires a hospital visit. The...more
Jul 05, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading to young children
A classic tale about the little French orphan who captured hearts all around the world. I remember reading these stories as a child and being enchanted with all things French.

This story was selected as one of the books for the November 2012 - Classic Picture Book Characters reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Chrissy Muller
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 t...more
Illustrated by: Ludwig Bemelmans
Publication date: 1939
Fiction, Picture book

This book is about a specific young girl named Madeline who lives in a boarding school with other young girls in Paris, France. Madeline has to go to the hospital to have her appendix taken out. When she does go to the hospital, her father sends her lots of presents. The story ends with the other girls being jealous of Madeline and wanting their appendix out too.

I would use this book with early readers....more
Gianna Parisi
Madeline written by Ludwig Bemelmans was my favorite picture book as a child. After reading it as an adult it still is. This particular story is about twelve little girls living together and one little girl Madeline gets very sick. So sick and has to have her appendix removed. When the other girls see the special treatment Madeline gets they all want their appendix's removed to. Miss Clavel the girls guardian tells them to go to sleep and thank God they are well instead of wishing to be ill. Thi...more
Kendrick Goodman
Madeline, written by Ludwig Bemelmans, is a classic children’s fiction picture book that will always be a popular choice for young readers. I remember as a child reading this book and it always being my personal favorites. They have made numerous sequels, and there are dozens of books in this series now. The words in the book are large enough for a young child to read, and there are only a couple of words per page. What I did not notice when I was a child, that I wish I had noticed were the mult...more
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. They left the house, at half past nine...The smallest one was Madeline." What fun verse. For a book that was first published in 1939 to still be enjoyed by so many it is wonderful to see. Madeline is such the individual and standing up to the lion with a sense about her that says I am not afraid of you makes me like her just that much more. The illustrations are also what makes the book for me...more
Iqra Jabbar
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines" starts this classic rhyming book with sumptuous drawings of Paris. This book is about a little orphan girl who gets into the most hair-raising scrapes. It is such a great read and leaves you wanting more. Madeline is a brave and feisty little girl who’s personality will soon have you captivated. A must read for young children.
Charles Falla
Madeline is one of the most iconic picture book characters of all time. It is a very old story that has certainly withstood the test of time with iconic imagery, stunning illustrations and a timeless story line. This story was popular in the 1940’s and is just as popular now as it was then. With a motion picture remake and new adaptations this timeless story with its original writing style and unique comedy has entranced countless audiences around the world and continues to bring joy to young re...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
These girls were a huge part of my childhood.

And now I come to know there are picture books! I must get them.

I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline
I'm not some little twig
I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline
And inside I'm big


I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline
I'm not afraid at all
I'm Madeline, I'm Madeline
I'm bravest of all

Geneva Roberts
I enjoyed revisiting this book as I remember it from my childhood when my mother read it to me. The story takes place in a girls boarding school in Paris and focus's around Madeline, the smallest little girl of the bunch who is brave and a favorite of the other girls. One night Madeline wakes up crying and is taken to the hospital to have her appendix removed. The other girls visit her and then awake the nun into the night crying because they want to have their appendix's taken out too. This boo...more
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Amanda Bonbrisco
One of the best in children's books is Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. I remember reading as a young girl, and I decided to read it again to remember why I loved it as a child. The book is written in a rhyming format which adds to the great features of this book. The overall story sends a message about friendship and also has a humorous ending relating to behaviors of young children. The book is greatly illustrated to go along with its simple, but beautiful;y-written text.

This book is a perfect fi...more
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Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmet, 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.
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“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And brushed their teeth and went to bed.
They left the house at half past nine
In two straight lines in rain or shine-
The smallest one was Madeline.”
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