Wonderful Books from the Past: Madeline and the Bad Hat


“In an old house in Paris
That was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls
In two straight lines.”

Madeline. These words have been familiar to me since I was a child. Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans is a classic that will always delight children everywhere! In this book in the series, a surprise is in store for Madeline and the other girls when the Spanish Ambassador moves in next door. Will his little boy, Pepito, be a new friend? Madeline knows trouble as soon as she sees it. “It is evident that this little boy is a Bad Hat!” she tells Miss Clavel. Pepito is a naughty, mischievous troublemaker. Will he ever learn his lesson? Children will find out as they enjoy this story and Bemelmans’ colorful artistry.


One response »

  1. Ruthie, wonderful job highlighting the impact on a child's memory these wonderful books from the past can make. Madeline is one of my favorite books as well, and the little simplicity of the little yellow uniforms is iconic.

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