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Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
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Oct 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juvenilia
Recommended for: Pre-school aged children
Read in October, 2008

Bemelmans, Ludwig, Madeline's Rescue, Viking Juvenile, 50 pages, hardcover. Caldecott Medal Winner, 1954. Rhyming Book.

Description: Madeline and her friends at the orphanage adopt a rescue dog named Genevieve, who is chased off by the snooty Lord Cucuface. Eventually, Genevieve is found and gives birth to puppies.

Review: Madeline's Rescue tells an involved story with relatively few words and many large, stylized illustrations. The poetic syntax of the book exposes young children to a type of language that they may not encounter in daily life.

That is not to say that Madeline's Rescue is stuffy or out-of-touch, even if it was published over 50 years ago. In one scene, the girls fight over who gets to sleep with Genevieve. The simple yellow and white illustration depicts all the frantic hair-pulling, howling and broom-swatting of a real brawl, while Genevieve looks on in disbelief. Children could definitely relate to the high emotion of such scenes.

Professional Reviews: I couldn't find any professional reviews for this title, possibly because the book was published so long ago.

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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Evans Great description of their fight over the dog!


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