Monday, February 17, 2014

Reading with Laya: Madeline


Of all the books we picked up from the library in January, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans turned out to be Laya's favorite.

Madeline is a very popular children's classic picture book. The story takes place in a boarding school in Paris. There are 12 little girls in the school and the youngest one is spunky little Madeline. The original series by Ludwig Bemelmans consists of 6 books detailing Madeline's activities. Madeline is the first book in the series. In this book, she gets appendicitis and is hospitalized for more than 10 days.

Every thing about the book is charming. The illustrations are old fashioned and lovely. There are so many beautiful details to observe for the parent and a good starting point to teach little ones about the Eiffel Tower and Paris (since the tower is seen prominently in a few pages).

For Laya, the story appealed on a more personal level. She was able to relate to Madeline because she is not scared of mice either (this is a quite a dubious claim because she's never had to interact with a live scurrying mouse in life until now) and she has a surgery scar "just like Madeline" in her stomach that she loves to show off (that one is a valid claim - I can vouch for that!).

We both enjoyed Madeline immensely and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series with Laya.

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