As a ginger, I have always found myself drawn towards fellow red-heads. The brave and outgoing heroine in the classic illustrated story by Ludwig Bemelmans became an instant favorite of mine!
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines In two straight lines they broke their bread And brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine In two straight lines in rain or shine- The smallest one was Madeline.”
I remember reading the books and watching the cartoon often as a little one. Even though Madeline was the tiniest of the little girls, she was the bravest, and the most fun. I still recall her hospital stay, and adventures with her friend next door, Pepito. The soothing lilt of the rhyming story sticks with you over the years… “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” It is forever ingrained on my memory!
Of course I had a Madeline doll, complete with a cheerful blue dress, yellow coat with hat, and white nightgown. I would dream up my own Madeline tales and had a cardboard box version of the old house in Paris. Madeline was a redhead, just like me, which made us best friends.
Out of all the books I read as a child, Madeline was probably my favorite. If you have never read it, fix it. If you love the book as much as I do, share the love with a little one in your life. You will have warm, fuzzy feelings. I guarantee it!