Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Poor Miss Clavel! In "an old house in Paris that was covered with vines," Miss Clavel oversees the education of 12 little girls, the littlest of whom is the mischievous Madeline. Despite her size, she fearlessly pooh-poohs the tiger in the zoo and frightens Miss Clavel with her adventurous antics. When she awakens the entire house with her plaintive cries in the middle of the night, Doctor Cohn whisks the appendicitis-stricken Madeline off to the hospital where, some two hours later, she awakens to find a scar on her stomach! The scar (not to mention the flowers, toys, and candy given to Madeline by her father) proves quite interesting to the rest of Miss Clavel's charges when they make a special trip to visit her. Ludwig Bemelmans's lilting rhymes are music to children's ears, and the quirky, oddly perfect drawings of the girls in "two straight lines" lend an enticing Parisian flavor to this perennial children's favorite.
Author: Ludwig Bemelmans
The author is also the illustrator.
Topics from the book:
Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.
The official Madeline website for Ludwig Bemelmans' classic Madeline children's books.
Audio Interview with Madeleine Bemelmans
Don Swaim interviews Madeleine Bemelmans, wife of Ludwig Bemelmans. In this interview she talks about how she met Ludwig, how the famous stories of Madeline came about, and the book's instant success after being published in 1939.
Supplemental Book List
from the FIAR Message Board Archive
Paper City Paris
Printable Paris "city" from Made by Joel
France Lapbook Download
Wearable Human Body Project
Instructions from HomeschoolShare for an anatomy project built on a grocery bag that can be adapted to highlight any system of the body
Madeline Lapbook Download
Why are we featuring this book?
Madeline is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Madeline. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.