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Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales

By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute, but Madeline appears in only one story.

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"Madeline in Texas" is the best of the three stories for Madeline fans; it's the only story in which the beloved heroine appears. Author Ludwig Bemelmans and his co-author/grandson make Texas as interesting as Paris -- the Texas Ranger and Davie Crockett are a hoot! John Bemelmans Marciano's paintings have his grandfather's energetic style: The two-page spread of Madeline on horseback, racing away from stampeding cattle, bursts off its bright yellow background.

Without Madeline, the story in "Sunshine" bumps and twists around umbrellas and New York landmarks. "The Count and the Cobbler" is a sweet, short tale without Bemelmans' trademark two-page spreads. It lacks the depth of plot needed for a long story. In general, this volume falls short of what readers expect from the Madeline series.

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