America’s beloved Madeline comes to visit at last, in the centerpiece of this glorious holiday collection.
John Bemelmans Marciano knew he had one of the most famous grandfathers in the literary world. But he never knew Ludwig himself, until his own budding talent led him to a deep exploration of his grandfather’s work - from his published books to the voluminous notes, sketches and correspondence he kept. There he made one of the most exciting discoveries of the century: a complete manuscript and sketch dummy of Madeline’s only adventure in America. As with previous Madeline stories, this one had been published in a magazine first, and later expanded in preparation for its debut as a book. Alas, Ludwig Bemelmans died before completing the final art.
It was up to John, with help from his mother and grandmother (the original Madeline!) to bring the work to fruition. And now the family presents Madeline in America: wherein Madeline, Miss Clavel and the twelve little girls in two straight lines have a rip-roaring Texas adventure that’s everything her fans could ask for.
Rounding out this magnificent gift are two other wonderful Christmas stories: Sunshine, Bemelmans’ timeless tale of a music teacher whose greedy landlord wants to evict her on Christmas Eve. And The Count and The Cobbler, a gem of a parable about a brilliant baby who engineers a happy holiday for his desperately poor family.
Readers are also treated to a warm family reminiscence by Barbara Bemelmans, Ludwig’s daughter, and wonderful holiday artwork, lovingly selected from the family archives.
This is a landmark collection: a true gift for every fan of Madeline.
Reviews and Awards
“The illustrations are quite typically Bemelmans and have that well-known charm.” - School Library Journal
“The Texas adventure will be welcome for anyone craving more Madeline.” – Booklist
“It’s every bit the equal of the other Madeline tales.” - New York Post
Trim Size: 9" x 12"
Page Count: 112
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
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