Sunday, April 10, 2011

In an old house in Paris, covered with vines....

Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano, Penguin

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. So begins Ludwig Bemelman’s famous stories. But now, these twelve little girls in two straight lines have headed to the White house to have a good time. Bemelman’s grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano has taken up the ink brush and rhyme to continue the beloved Madeline adventures his grandfather began. This new Madeline adventure is based on correspondence Marciano’s grandfather shared with Jacqueline Kennedy.

The adventure begins with the President’s daughter, Candle, named for one wild curl that sticks up like a flame. Poor little Candle is sad and lonely. With the arrival of Madeline and the other girls, everyone has a grand time at the annual White House Easter Celebration. But yellow-haired Candle is still sad because she’s never seen any of Washington’s amazing sights. Madeline has a few tricks in her suitcase, and she and Candle are soon whisked off on a magical tour of Washington’s sights, illustrated in a stunning sequence of full-color illustrations. Marciano has created a wonderful new adventure stylistically identical to the classic Madeline books.

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