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Madeline's Christmas

By Jennifer Gennari, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Madeline is her spunky self in Christmas tale.

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Madeline is her usual spunky self in this Christmastime tale, and the rhyming is brisk and strong, despite a borrowed verse from "The Night Before Christmas" that breaks the rhythm in the beginning.

The hocus-pocus is fun for kids, but one wonders why the children weren't already scheduled to go home for the holidays without the help of a magician. Because the book was originally published as a special insert in McCall's magazine, some of the illustrations have a quick, more focused appearance than Ludwig Bemelmans' usually broad landscapes. However, one panoramic painting shows a fabulous magic-carpet ride over Paris rooftops. Madeline's fans will enjoy this story.

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