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By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Rhyming classic is a sure winner with kids.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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Based on 5 parent reviews

age 6+

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Educational value
Great messages
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Children take to MADELINE instantly, perhaps because they love the routine of the 12 girls forming two straight lines while walking, eating, and sleeping. But before that predictability gets boring, here is Madeline, who is small yet brave, and loves winter. But this indomitable spirit is reduced to tears one night -- something must be wrong. Ludwig Bemelmans exactly captures the mix of concern and envy children feel about another sick child who gets attention.

Although few kids attend boarding schools or know why Miss Clavel wears a veil, they understand Madeline's spunk and courage. Bemelmans' illustrations match his narrative, alternating from quick cartoonlike sketches to lavish panoramas of architectural landmarks. Both adults and children like Bemelmans art: It's sophisticated, yet full of energy and detail. Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales contains all the stories in the series.

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