Madeline in America

And Other Holiday Tales

Author: Ludwig Bemelmans

Illustrator: John Bemelmans Marciano

Interest Level:
Pre-K-3

Grade Level Equivalent:
3.5

Guided Reading Level:
O

Age:
4-8

Genre:
Comedy and Humor, Poetry and Rhymes, Short Stories

Subject:
Christmas, Foster Care

About This Book

Ludwig Bemelmans spent his first Christmas in America as an immigrant at Ellis Island. From then on, the creator of the beloved Madeline books retained a special fondness for the holiday. Collected here are several marvelous holiday pieces: Madeline in America, first published in McCall's magazine in 1955 and now presented with Ludwig's original drawings, rendered in glorious full color by John Marciano in his grandfather's style

While researching his famous grandfather's work, John Bemelmans Marciano made a thrilling discovery — a complete manuscript and sketches of Madeline's only adventure in America. With help from his mother and grandmother (the original Madeline), this delightful work has been brought to colorful fruition. Two additional holiday stories also are included along with warm remembrances and artwork from family archives.

It's a rip-roaring Texas adventure with all the elements that readers have come to love and expect from Miss Clavel and the 12 little girls in two straight lines. . . . In this book we are also bringing back the wonderful "Sunshine," Bemelmans' timeless (and now timely!) tale of a music teacher whose greedy landlord wants to evict her from her apartment on the eve of Christmas. The collection will also have pieces that Bemelmans did for other magazines, and a touching family reminiscence from his wife, daughter, and grandson.


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