Wonderful Books from the Past: Madeline and the Bad Hat

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“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.

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  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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