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Madeline's Rescue (Madeline)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  25,565 Ratings  ·  405 Reviews
It took Ludwig Bemelmans years to think of Madeline's next adventure after the 1939 original Madeline, but he did it, and the result was Madeline's Rescue, winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal. One day on a walk through Paris (a "twelve little girls in two straight lines" kind of walk), Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be ...more
Hardcover, 50 pages
Published April 3rd 1953 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1953)
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Revisited an old favourite. Madeline falls into the Seine and is rescued by a stray dog. They name the dog Genevieve and take the dog home to live with them but this leads to squabbling about who gets to have the dog on their beds that night. Rather than draw up a rota Genevieve has a solution to this problem.

All the usual lovely, animated illustrations, humour, kindness and funny rhyming. Still as enjoyable as years ago.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Regrettably, I've never been a huge Madeline fan. Madeline's Rescue certainly has some charm, but I just wasn't wowed by it. The rhymes felt awkward to me at times and, while I can appreciate them, the illustrations simply don't resonate with me. Obviously, Madeline has a huge following so I have tried to content myself with simply "not getting it" all these years. I guess I shall have to continue to do with this Caldecott-winning installment of her adventures.
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Madline and her eleven school mates continue to live with Miss Clavel, where every day, rain or shine, they line up in twos and walk out into the city. This time Madeline falls into the river, and is rescued by a dog, whom the girls name Genevieve and take back to the school to live with them.

Charming story. Bright, colorful, humorous drawings. There’s a reason these books have remained popular for generations of children. It didn’t really appeal to me very much, but I can certainly see how youn
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I will admit that whenever I encounter a book regardless whether it's meant for adults or for children, if you feature a dog in the plot I am automatically biased and will love it and rate it 5 stars. You are now warned! :P

When it comes to the Madeline series I believe if you are a fan of the books or the television show, I highly recommend reading the entire series back-to-back because it is both entertaining and if you prolonged read
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
“Madeline’s Rescue” is another classic “Madeline” story from Ludwig Bemelmans and has won the Caldecott Medal Award. “Madeline’s Rescue” is the most warm-hearted book out of all the “Madeline” series and it details the adventures of Madeline after she is rescued by a dog, which the dog eventually becomes apart of the family.

Ludwig Bemelmans has done it again in detailing Madeline’s most emotional adventure yet… adopting a stray dog for the family. Ludwig Bemelmans once again narrates the story
Laura Verret
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Remember how in my review of Madeline I mentioned a song – a song that I remembered from my childhood. A song that went something along the lines of “Oh, Genevieve, come back to me…”

Well, I finally found the book where it all began. I was about to put it back at Goodwill – after all, ninety-nine cents is far too much to spend on a read aloud – when I found it. The page where all of the little girls are fighting over where Genevieve will sleep for the night and Miss Clavel senses that all is not
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All Madeline books are five stars.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't see the appeal of Madeline, but son did. Or rather he liked Genevieve the dog. So for that, 3 stars. The art is fine, but I prefer a number of other Caldecott winners to this book.
Matthew Hunter
1954 Caldecott winner. Since a dog plays a major role, Sigourney had plenty of opportunities to practice her canine-related vocabulary - "puppy!" "doggie!" "woof woof!" and "rowrrrrrrr!" Bemelmans' drawings never fail to delight her. At 17 months, she's obviously much too young to comprehend Bemelmans' dark side, but it's there again, though expressed with a lighter touch than in "Madeline and the Bad Hat." Madeline's fall from a bridge provides the best example:

[Madeline] knew so well
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Popular decades ago when it was first published and then won the Caldecott Medal in 1954, this picture book remains well loved today by an entirely different and more worldly generation of readers enchanted by anything having to do with Madeline. In this book, she and the other 11 girls who live with her and Miss Clavel in the convent in Paris, are out for their usual walk when she slips into the river and almost drowns. When a dog rescues her, the girls all agree that Genevieve, which is what t ...more
Jacqueline Field
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Madeline’s Rescue- By Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline is a young girl who lives at a girl’s boarding school. Madeline’s teacher is called Miss Clavel and Madeline loves to tease and scare Miss Clavel. The whole school is full of girls who follow the rules and listen to Miss Clavel but Madeline is a daredevil always breaking the rules and playing pranks on her teacher. One day Miss Clavel takes the young girls for a walk and Madeline doesn't listen to Miss Clavel’s instructions and ends up falling into
SUMMARY: It took Ludwig Bemelmans years to think of Madeline's next adventure after the 1939 original Madeline, but he did it, and the result was Madeline's Rescue, winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal. One day on a walk through Paris (a "twelve little girls in two straight lines" kind of walk), Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, "But for a dog / That kept its head," saving her from a "watery grave." What choice do Madeline and the girls ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book summary: This is an award winning book that is fun to read. This book is about a young group of girls. In that group is a girl named Madeline. She fell off a bridge and got saved by a dog they named Genevieve. The girls would fight over who gets to sleep with the dog and one day the dog was forbidden to stay with them and left. The girls searched and searched for the dog but couldn't find her until she found her way back home and had puppies leaving enough for every girl to have a dog and n ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
Oh, I loved this book (and the whole Madeline series) when I was little. Reading it now brings back all the nostalgia. These books were probably the start of my lifelong love of all things French.

Looking at this book from the perspective of taking a class about the Caldecott Medal, I'm examining the illustrations more closely than I would have as a child. The images alternate between minimalist, abstract sketches and highly-detailed paintings depicting scenes of Paris. It's remarkable how Bemel
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read all the Madeline books when I was a kid, and liked them, and still have them.
Alecia Watson
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-1
Growing up, Madeline’s Rescue was one of my favorite books. I loved this book so much that my mom had to purchase multiple copies to have at every grandparent’s house just in case mine was forgotten at home. I loved that the story included a character that I could identify with who acted like a regular kid! As a Caldecott Medal winner, this book has numerous qualities that make it a fantastic piece of children’s literature. To start, the book is perfectly constructed for the younger demographic ...more
Maddison Thomason
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: exam-1
Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans is a Caldecott Medal Winner from 1954. This book is most likely for ages 4-8 due to its simple, yet exciting story and important presence of an animal. This is a second sequel to the Madeline series and does not disappoint form the Bemelmans’ first adventure with Madeline. As the school girls are walking, Madeline falls in the river and is saved by a dog. The girls decide to take the dog home, only to have it kicked out by owners of the house. The dog comes ...more
Natalie Bui
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madeline’s Rescue opens with Madeline slipping off a bridge and into the Siene during one of the frequent walks that her classmates and Miss Clavel go on. Just when people think she’s dead, a stray jumps in to rescue her, and is soon cared for and named Genevieve by the twelve girls. As Genevieve settles into her new family, Lord Cucuface catches sight of the dog and throws her out, and the girls begin their search for their beloved dog.

Madeline does much to appeal to its y
Kathryn Tanzberger
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madeline’s Rescue is about a little girl at school in Paris, who falls into the river on one of their daily walks. Madeline is rescued by a dog, who the girls soon take in and name Genevieve. When the trustees of the school come for an inspection, they say that there is a rule that no dogs are allowed, and they kick Genevieve out. Madeline and the rest of the girls are so sad, and go out to look for Genevieve, who is eventually found in the middle of the night. The girls and Miss Clavel are ecst ...more
Courtney Thomas
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: In what appears to be an all girls boarding school in France, young Madeline and her fellow classmates set off on a daily walk with their caretaker Miss Clavel. When Miss Clavel isn't watching, Madeline falls off the bridge into the water below. Suddenly, a stray dog appears and saves Madeline. The girls take the dog in and despite the efforts of the donors of the school who kick the dog to the curb, the girls find the dog and take care of her and her puppies.

Theme: The theme of this bo
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I have become the type of Adult who turns to children's books when life gets very stressful. So on today's installment of ineffective adult coping I turned to Madeline's Rescue. As a child I LOVED Madeline! The cartoon was always my childhood go to on my sick days home from school and this read transported me back to my six yr old bliss ( pre-bills and expletive-laden breakdowns!). In this super cute and for me nostalgic journey we get introduced to fan-favorite Genevieve, an intelligent pup who ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Madeline’s Rescue was a very cute book about a girl named Madeline who goes to boarding school in France and is somewhat of a trouble maker. One day she falls off the bridge and a dog saves her life. After this, Madeline and her friends decide to take the dog home and name her Genevieve even though there are no dogs allowed at school. The trouble begins when the twelve girls have to share one dog and when the president of the school shows up and finds Genevieve. The illustrations for this book a ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans a picture book that was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1954. A fun story for children 3 to 7 years old. Twelve girls live in an old house in Paris along with their teacher Miss Clavel. Madeline, the smallest and bravest, knew how to stir up trouble. Madeline takes care of a dog who saves her from drowning. This causes problems though as dog are not allowed in their old house. Madeline’s Rescue is an interesting book because you aren’t told a lot of informati ...more
Sarah Shurm
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
What a lovely book! Author, Ludwig Bemelman uses his very original style of illustration and has created a wonderful book, full of personality and Parisian charm. The story is told in verse style and references the classic Madeline story by opening with, "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines/Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines," to the end twist in which "For the third time that night/Miss Clavel turned on the light/And to her surprise she found/That suddenly there wa ...more
Matthew Yung
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This Caldecott award winning picture books is about an orphan named Madeline and her adventures. One day she slips into a river while playing near the edge and is shortly thereafter saved by a dog. After being saved by the dog the group of orphans take her home and deem her Genevieve. The dog stays with the orphans and sleeps in Madeline's bed until Genevieve is caught and thrown out. However don't fret as all ends well.

This picture book was quite old and I don't think it would have won a Caldec
A delightful rhyming story, about Madeline and the girls "in two straight lines," and the dog, Genevieve, who rescues her from drowning in a river (presumably the Seine). Then the girls scheme to protect her from the visiting board of trustees and, when that doesn't work, embark on an exhaustive search of Paris for the poor dog. When Genevieve returns home, they fight over her to the point that an exhausted Miss Clavel considers putting her out again - but then, there's a cute little surprise tw ...more
Mackenzie Mitchell
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Twelve young girls lived in a house in Paris, the smallest one was Madeline. She was not scared of anything until she slipped and fell into the water but was saved by a dog. The dog saved her and the girls named her Genevieve. This dog became very well treated. She loved biscuits and the daily walk with the girls. After six months, a collection of trustees began to thoroughly inspect the house. They found the dog but Madeline begged to keep the dog but it was sent away. At the end of the book, G ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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Taylor Madison
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Madeline lives in an house in Paris with lots of other girls. One day when out for a stroll, the little girls found a dog and Madeline decided to bring it home. When the board of trustees came and found a dog they made the girls get rid of it but Madline stood up to the board of trustees in oder to keep the dog in the house. I enjoyed reading this book because I always loved the Madeline stories when I was younger. When reading it again it brought me the joy I felt when reading the book for the ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm certain I read this a very long time ago, but I couldn't remember the exact plot, confusing it with Madeline and the Bad Hat. It turns out this is the one with Genevieve. I have the distinct impression Bemelmans was awarded this one as consolation for not having won with the original Madeline, which went to Thomas Handforth's Mei Li instead that year (1939). This is charming, though I personally wanted to kick Lord Cucuface in the head for trying to throw the girls' dog in the street. Then a ...more
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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.
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