A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about certain stereotypical aspects of Texas life, from cowboys and oil wells to Neiman Marcus.
Be gracious when you receive a great gift, and be curious about and embrace other cultures.
Positive Role Models
Madeline is excited to learn about a new culture and place very different from her home in Paris.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madeline appears in only one of the adventures, which may disappoint fans. Artist and writer John Bemelmans Marciano discovered the manuscript and pencil sketches for the "Madeline in America" story in his grandfather's files. So it is in keeping with the intention of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans, and a thrill for Madeline fans to have a "new" Madeline book to read.
Is It Any Good?
"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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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