A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids get to see what Paris looks like when flying over it -- in this case, on a magic carpet.
It's wonderful to be able to spend the holdiays with family, thanks to the kindness of friends.
Positive Role Models
Madeline is spunky and helpful, the magical carpet salesman is kind and Miss Clavel keeps everyone on track.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in this Madeline adventure, the Parisian boarding school mates go home for the holidays with the help of a magician.
Is It Any Good?
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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