Madeline and the Gypsies

Madeline and the Gypsies

by Ludwig Bemelmans

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In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.
Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years. Join Madeline in another adventure when she and Pepito run off to join the carnival with a band of traveling gypsies! 

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140566475
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Series: Madeline Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 475,507
Product dimensions: 11.82(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.18(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) is a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. He is best known for Madeline, a seminal picture book in children’s literature and Caldecott Honor book. He wrote six Madeline books altogether, including the Caldecott Medal winning Madeline’s Rescue. Ludwig Bemelmans’ grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, carries on his grandfather’s legacy and has written and illustrated four books about Madeline of his own, including Madeline and the Old House in Paris and Madeline at the White House.









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Madeline and the Gypsies 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jebass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the many books following the adventures of Madeline, the smallest of twelve little girls under the instruction of Miss Clavel, a nun who runs their boarding school. In this book, Madeline and the neighbor boy, Pepito (son to the Spanish ambassador) get caught at the top of a Carnival's ferris wheel in inclement weather. Left alone and forgotten after the carnival closes, they are helped down from the ferris wheel by traveling Gypsy performers. Madeline and Pepito travel with the Carnival; there is no school, they do what they please, and learn the art of performance. When they send word to a distraught Miss Clavel to let her know they are safe, Miss Clavel sets out to search again for the children with renewed hope. Her search is hindered when the Gypsy mother disguises the two children, for whom she has developed affection, in a lion's suit. The children find their way back to the carnival, as a lion, in time to perform; and find sitting in the front row, Miss Clavel and the rest of the girls. The group is reunited, and Madeline returns with the girls, happy to be home again at last. This is another book that serves best as a basis for discussion about the elements of literature and creative writing. Ludwig Bemelmans has created a very famous character with Madeline, and the story of her adventures are familiar to children around the world. Madeline was a character in a book, then a cartoon, and found her way into a full-length feature film. Madeline is a testament to Ludwig Bemelman's ability to create lovable, memorable characters within entertaining, imaginative storytelling. Students could be challenged to brainstorm and create their own "memorable character," to come up with possible "adventures" for their character, and explore the various ways they could use those "adventures" to develop a character within a story.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pepito invites the girls to a Gypsy Carnival that is in town. A rainstorm puts the girls' fun to an end, and they have to go back home. Madeline and Pepito get left behind on top of the Ferris Wheel. The gypsies get them off the Ferris Wheel and kidnap them to Fountainblue. When the gypsies get word that Miss Clavel is coming to rescue the children, they sew the kids in a lion suit so Miss Clavel can't find them. Miss Clavel does find them, however, and takes them home! This books shows the love an adult has for a child (or children) and how a loving adult will do anything for that child.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madeline and Pepito are left behind at the gypsy carnival/circus and end up living with the gypsies for a while. A fun fantasy for children and all turns out well. Another classic book by Ludwit Bemelman that will definitely delight any fan of Madeline and recruit new fans as well. Good for girls or boys.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It went so many different places and did so many different things. It was just a fun book to read.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Madeline and Pepito get left behind on the ferris wheel when a sudden storm comes in. Luckily gypsies help Madeline down, and adopt her and Pepito. They have a wonderful time learning to tumble and skipping school, but Miss Clavel is worried sick, and when she finds them, she brings them home right away, relieved.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this novel like all the Madeline novels as a child. I guess I must have liked them more when I was a child because as I read this novel, I wasn't completely in love with it. It is definitely dated with it's text as little Madeline decides to join up with the gypsies. She does have a wonderful time and I guess perhaps that is part of everyone childhood, living a life different from your own. I did enjoy when Madeline was in costume with her friend, that was funny and an adventure in itself. We all know where Madeline belongs in the end , living amongst the "twelve little girls in two straight lines."
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
Plucky little Madeline and her friend, Pepito are kidnapped by Gypsies, who teach them to be circus performers. They have great time with the circus until they write to Miss Clavel and the Gypsy Mama sees in her crystal ball that Miss Clavel is coming to rescue her charges. The Gypsy Mama then sews Madeline and Pepito into a lion costume and they perform as either end of a trained lion. Trust Madeline to get out of that fix! Great fun for any age!