REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Madeline At The White House

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Author: John Bemelmans Marciano
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670012289
ISBN-13: 978-0670012282

ABOUT MADELINE AT TE WHITE HOUSE

Welcome to America, Madeline!

Madeline and friends are off to enjoy a wonderful American adventure. The White House in Washington, D.C., is their destination, where they are the guests of the president’s lonely only daughter for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Cake and ice cream, dress-up games, and scary stories told in the dark are capped off by a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks, before it’s time for the twelve little girls in two straight lines to say, “Au revoir, America!”

The Story Behind the Book

“The idea for sending Madeline to the White House was my grandfather’s and grew out of his friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy. In a series of letters from late 1961 and early 1962, my grandfather sounded out the First Lady on ideas for the book, which he proposed calling “Madeline visits Caroline,” with text from Mrs. Kennedy herself. My grandfather died in 1961, before the book was finished.” – John Bemelmans Marciano, author and illustrator of Madeline at the White House and grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans

Here’s a short video about the book from the author.

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this story. It began with a young girl nicknamed Candle that lives in the White House and seems lonely. Madeline and her friends come from Paris for a visit, just in time for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Madeline befriends Candle and they have a fun and memorable night, just as real girls do on a sleepover. I think it’s great that historical places are included in the book, because it encourages knowledge. I also like the bright watercolor pictures scattered throughout the book. This book would be a great addition to any young girl’s library.

WIN IT!

THREE winners will each receive a copy of the new book Madeline at the White House, retail value $17.99 per book. This giveaway is courtesy of Penguin Group.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

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THE SMALL PRINT.

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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pat.navymom January 12, 2011 - 5:45 am

I remember buying a Madeline doll and book for my oldest granddaughter almost a decade ago. Classic reading.

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Marci January 12, 2011 - 6:27 pm

My absolute fave that I read so much that the pages were tattered and torn: Fox in Socks

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Teresa Young January 14, 2011 - 8:53 pm

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Jen January 15, 2011 - 8:02 pm

My daughter loves all books. If you Give a Cat a Cupcake seems to be her current fav!

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April January 16, 2011 - 11:10 am

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Mama Zen January 16, 2011 - 8:35 pm

My daughter is loving the Narnia books right now.

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Donna Clookey January 17, 2011 - 9:18 pm

I am going to have to go out and find this book! I just love Madeline books!

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Kristie January 18, 2011 - 3:10 pm

My favorite childhood book was probably Frog & Toad Together. 🙂

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Alison S. January 18, 2011 - 10:17 pm

Right now the favorite book is Goodnight Gorilla.

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Jessica January 20, 2011 - 2:19 am

My favorite childhood book was The Lorax

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Wehaf January 23, 2011 - 12:27 pm

I loved “I am a bunny”.

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Katie January 23, 2011 - 6:20 pm

My favorite childhood book was Goodnight, Moon!

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Nell January 25, 2011 - 11:10 pm

Madeline was definitely one of my favorite childhood books! We’ve still got my old beat-up copy. I also love Madeline’s Rescue! Other favorites were Corduroy, Harry at the Beach, and Bread and Jam for Frances. I still love all thes books and so enjoy sharing them with our children and their little buddies.

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