Madeline’s Christmas (Ludwig Bemelmans)

Happy Holidays Week, Day 1: Hello, everyone! Today, we’re kicking off our week of holiday-themed books, leading up to Christmas! Our books this week will explore Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. And our first book of the week is a fun one: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans, the holiday installment of the classic Madeline series.

In the old house covered in vines, everyone is feeling under the weather, except for Madeline! The little girl is caring for her sick schoolmates and poor Ms. Clavell, all of whom are feeling ill. When a rug merchant stops by to show his wares, Madeline purchases his entire stock to help make her sick friends comfortable, then assists the merchant when he freezes solid outside without his rugs to keep him warm. For her kindness, the rug merchant reveals that he is also a magician, and gives all the girls a wonderful and magical Christmas present they’ll never forget!

Who doesn’t love Madeline? There’s a reason that the adventures of the brave and kind little Parisian schoolgirl have remained popular over the years, and this book is a fine example of why. Madeline shows care, concern and hospitality to her friends and guest alike, and exhibits the selfless generosity of the holiday spirit, which is a lovely message for a Christmas book (rather than focusing on the material aspects of the holidays). The length is perfect for baby bookworms, and the illustrations are as charming as always. This is a great Christmas story for any child, and especially for fans of Madeline. Baby Bookworm approved!


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