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Madeline in London

By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Slow pace, but kids like the pageantry.

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Children will like the pageantry of this story, but the pace is slow. Author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans has fun painting a whole new set of architectural landmarks. The Tower of London is in the background, and children will like to pick out Madeline and Pepito among the rows and rows of Beefeaters in front of Windsor Castle.

As in other Madeline tales, the poem contains a few rough spots and forced rhymes. Bemelmans mentions crumpets out of the blue just because the word rhymes with trumpets, for example. Also, the solution to the horse's naughtiness for eating in the garden is to let Madeline, rather than Pepito, keep the horse, which might strike listeners as odd.

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