Madeline Turns 75!

Madeline, the adorable little red-headed boarding-school girl living in Paris, turns 75 this June! In honour of her birthday, Penguin has released a 75th anniversary edition of Ludwig Bemelmans' classic children's book. This slipcased edition includes a full-colour panoramic pop-up of Paris, where the Caldecott Honor-winning story is set. Last month, Penguin also published a beautiful hardcover omnibus, A Madeline Treasury, with all of the original stories by Bemelmans, with an introduction by Anna Quindlen.

The characther of this feisty French girl was created by Ludwig Bemelmans, who was born in the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1898 and first came to America in 1914 when he was 16 years old. He was a contributor to magazines such as Vogue and Town and Country and also illustrated a number of cover illustrations for The New Yorker.

Bemelmans had the idea to write the Madeline stories after visiting Paris with his daughter Barbara. The character of Madeline Fogg (her full name) is actually American, and her family owns a ranch in Texas. While Bemelmans created the character and worked as a writer and illustrator, he spent his later years working on oil paintings. But the most popular portion of his legacy remains Madeline, with the original book having its 75th anniversary this year.

The Madeline 75th Anniversary Edition is available at Chapters Indigo. Click here for more info.

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