Monday, July 30, 2012

Hello World!

Madeline in London
By Ludwig Bemelmans

The Olympic Games only come every two years, making it all the more exciting to follow and watch.  We thought it would be fun to read books along an international theme to coincide with the Olympics--as this event is one of the few times the world comes together peacefully to cheer each other on and where individuals get to compete with pride for their home country.  We are kicking off our international theme with a Madeline book that takes place in London, where the Summer Olympics take place this year.

Read It
The classic Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans offers stories for your family to travel the world following all the adventures of Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the little girls who live in that old house in Paris.  In Madeline in London, the Spanish ambassador--neighbor to Miss Clavel and the girls--has to move from Paris to London, including his son Pepito.  Everyone is sad Pepito must go--especially Pepito--so they arrange a trip for Miss Clavel's girls to visit London for Pepio's birthday.  After they arrive, they realize they have brought no present for Pepito.  The twelve girls and Miss Clavel venture out into London to find him the perfect gift and come upon an old reitred horse, a perfect pet for Pepito.  Along the way, the many famous and historic landmarks of London are the backdrop to the mishaps and adventures of Madeline and company. 

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