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Madeline's Rescue [Paperback]

By Ludwig Bemelmans (Author)
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Item description for Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans...

A hound rescues a schoolgirl from the Seine, becomes a beloved school pet, is chased away by the trustees, and returns with a surprise.

Publishers Description
Winner of the Caldecott Medal When Madeline falls into the river Seine and nearly drowns, a courageous canine comes to her rescue. Now Genevieve the dog is Madeline's cherished pet, and the envy of all the other girls. What can be done when there's just not enough hound to go around?

Citations And Professional Reviews
Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 562

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Viking Juvenile
Pages   56
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.04" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.21"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2000
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  4-8
Series  Madeline  
ISBN  0140566511  
ISBN13  9780140566512  

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Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) (, a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults, originally publishedMadelinein 1939. It lives on today, along with Caldecott Medal winnerMadeline s Rescue, as a seminal picture book in children s literature. Ludwig Bemelmans grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, carries on his grandfather s legacy and has written and illustrated four books about Madeline of his own, includingMadeline and the Old House in ParisandMadeline at the White House.


Ludwig Bemelmans lived in the state of New York. Ludwig Bemelmans was born in 1898 and died in 1962.

Ludwig Bemelmans has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Madeline
  2. Madeline (Hardcover)
  3. Picture Puffin Books
  4. Puffin Storytime

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And everyone knows you cannot have a DOG in school.....  Mar 24, 2007
I read this book to my first grade Friday and showed a Christopher Plummer narrated Madeline video as a follow up.
I'm rather enjoying the fact I bought Madeline sets of class-books and videos years ago in Whole Language and have such wonderful resources to use with my Sheltered Immersion first graders. They really all did think the Eiffel Tower is in Vegas, but I won't go into all the confusion the casinos have brought to my spring attempts to teach the landmarks of the world.

Using books and maps, experiences with video and song, food and visitors I try to build global awareness. Madeline is such a wonderful series as she goes to London, New York and the Wild West ,and just all over. And this series has things I need in teaching reading, rhymes, pattern, interest and motivation plus a charming female model of bravery and wit. Bemelman's made a lovely series. Of all of the versions this one and The Bad Hat (about that irrepressible Pepito) are my favorites.

My love of this particular story is multi-fold. First Madeline falls in the canal showing her spunk. A teacher loves this if only for the "See, what happens," feature. I mean reading that every year is something that brings me infinite pleasure. Then she is heroically saved by a dog. And it was just yesterday a student who reads maybe twenty five words, he screams out God ahead of my saying dog. Reversals at this age, that's what happened but there was more to it than that. Just as I read the book and he sat close enough to see I could look at where he is in a natural way, as a Mom might. That told me he is tracking words and it made sense to him (because God might save you)so he is fitting text to logical thoughts-or we used to say "good guessing" or apprehending. And then I gently referred him to the picture and he self-corrected to say "dog". Perfect.

Yes she is rescued by a charming hound eventually named Genevieve. As a child I was extremely afraid of dogs as one tried to bite my stomach and did make marks at 15 months. I never got quite over the attack. So I had to build, as I do about many things, ways into my living to begin to face my fears and aversions and take on the issue. This book I read over and over as a child to that end. Pretty common I address those same fears with first graders with this text. Way to go at it , not so directly but embedded within story work. This way too, when they bring over the police dogs for the demo every year we've already heard about it via a talk Madeline's Rescue spurred. So that is a great thematic piece. I love to work on "dozens" also at this time with their twelve little girls in those two straight lines as we look at number families. So Madeline moves curriculum. Now another fine feature is the amount of expression one can teach in animating this text. Terrific.
I suppose my greatest love is the pictorial work in this book. By far some of the loveliest plates. Bemelmans has the most charming Paris scenes from Sacre-Coeur to the markets. That alone makes it award winning. And I give it the big hug from first grade. I am working in times now where public education is being destroyed in areas of poverty under "reforms' and I just decided I would teach this and I would allow these children to experience the pleasure of reading. Can you imagine a life where everything is proscribed, where it is all scripted and everyone did the same thing at the same time everyday? Madeline would never allow that. And to the bullies in the systems, I say as Madeline, children shall have their Vengeance.

That of course coming from text where the lovely dog Genevieve, is made to leave by Lord Cucuface the Board Director. Not to worry by books end there is plenty of hound to go around. And with a charming repetition children are laughing with delight at all the night wake up calls.
Do get this for your's adorable. And I think a little bravery is great to promote in a world full of those who have very little in their desire for position and comfort. In the long run this series has lots to offer a class or home.
Good book  Jan 20, 2007
My 3-year old recently discovered Madeline. While this book did not become a favorite, it was read several times. It's over-sized, so not as easy for small hands- she has to put it on the floor or on a table to look at it as opposed to in her lap.
Miss Genevieve, the noblest dog in France, rescues Madeline  Mar 25, 2006
By this third book in the series, readers know that Madeline is the smallest one of the twelve little girls in two straight lines who live in an old house in Paris that was covered with vines. They know that she is not afraid of mice and that "nobody knew so well, How to frighten Miss Clavel." In fact, Ludwig Bemelmans accompanies those familiar words with a simplified version of the same scene accompanying the same words from the original story of "Madeline." That is because things happen differently this time, as Madeline slips and falls into the river. "Poor Madeline would now be dead, But for a god, That kept its head."

"Madeline's Rescue" is actually more about Madeline's rescuer, the aforementioned dog that "dragged her safe from a watery grave." Miss Clavel and the other girls take Madeline and the dog home, and when she turns out the light for the night, there is a fight among the girls as to where the dog should sleep. The dog proves to be clever and helpful and is named Genevieve (rhymes with "beef"). Things are happy for six months and then comes the day of the annual inspection by the trustees, and these wretched people declare that "DOGS AREN'T ALLOWED IN SCHOOL" and order Miss Clavel to get rid of "it." They are also bigots (Genevieve is "of uncertain race") and they send Genevieve out into the world.

This is where we learn that we were wrong about the title, because it is not about the rescue OF Madeline but the rescue BY Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the other girls. For it is Madeline who jumps on a chair and declares: "Miss Genevieve, noblest dog in France, You shall have your VEN-GE-ANCE!" This is the best part of the book, because this is where Bemelmans shows his characters searching high and low for their beloved dog in some of the landmark sites in Paris (including Le Pere Lachaise, the celebrated cemetery, where Bemelmans has worked in the final resting places of Oscar Wilde, Rossini, Bizet, Chopin, Sarah Bernardt, Honore Balzac, Hugo, Moliere, Heloise et Abelard, and many more).

But we also love the way Bemelmans plays with his familiar storyline, because in the middle of the night when Miss Clavel turns on her light and says, "Something is not right," she does it not once and not twice but three times this time around. So there is a happy ending and a happier ending. Actually a perfect ending given all of the fighting and the cutest drawing of the twelve little girls in two straight lines. As always, Bemelmans' childlike illustrations are captivating (and I see a touch of Thurber in his drawings of Genevieve). Any kid can draw a face with dot eyes and U-shaped mouths, and they have to appreciate that Bemelmans does not always color within the lines. But for me it is the full color illustrations of the sights of Paris that I like to look at and catch all of the details. I would love to have a pitcher book that just collects Bemelmans' Paris scenes, even without the rhyming text that is another part of what makes these stories enjoyable and classics of children's literature.
A long-time favorite!  Mar 6, 2005
My sisters and I loved this book when we were small and I'm having fun reading this book to my little one. Poor Madeline, always ornery, never learning, falls into a river and a dog rescues her. It's very sweet to see how the girls fight over the dog but, when she gets out one night and returns, there was enough "hound to go around," as the book says when dear Genevieve has a litter of puppies, one for each girl. This is a darling classic and quite worthy of the Caldecott Award it received.
To the tiger in the zoo...  Mar 22, 2004
If you were to walk up to the first person you met on the street and asked, "Are you familiar with the works of Mr. Ludwig Bemelmans?", you would probably get a funny stare. If, however, you were to walk up to another person on the street and said, "In an old house that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines", you might still get a funny stare but at least they might be familiar with darling "Madeline". Though its author hasn't received much interest over the years, the Madeline books have garnered a great deal of love from many members of the literary world. And of these, the only Caldecott winner was "Madeline's Rescue".

Just as they do every day, the little girls attending a French boarding school (run by the pleasant nun Miss Clavel) take a walk across the Seine. On one day in particular, however, the feisty Madeline (who beyond her near drowning gets short shift in this book) falls into the river and nearly drowns. Thanks to a plucky mongrel nearby, Madeline lives and the dog is adopted by the school. To the dismay of the students, however, several trustees coming for an annual inspection are chagrined that such a dog (a mixed-breed undoubtedly) would be allowed to live in one of their schools. Genevieve (for such is the dog's name) is cruelly turned out into the streets and it's up to the girls to rescue their faithful pup.

The book is ostensibly for children, but I suspect it is far more loved by Paris-adoring adults. As the little girls search for their doggy they walk about a variety of well known Parisien sights. Here they search amongst the patrons of the trendy Deux Magots. Yonder you can see them in a breathtaking search across Le Pere-Lachaise. I ask you, in what other picture book are you likely to see a full quote on Oscar Wilde's tomb (not to mention nods to Chopin, Moliere, Balzac, and more)? Bemelmans has a lovely lilting ear for his own prose as well. Just consider the line...

"Miss Genevieve, noblest dog in France,
You shall have your VEN-GE-ANCE!"

You just can't beat it. On top of that are some wonderful illustrations. Though most of the book is black on white with yellow, there is always the occasional full page spread that is deftly colored in deep greens and dark blues. On the whole, there is much to love in this book. Beloved for more than fifty years now, it shall continue to be just as loved for centuries to come.


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