Born in Austria, Ludwig Bemelmans became a naturalized American citizen in 1918. He is best known for his 1939 book MADELINE and its many sequels. The character of Madeline was inspired by Bemelmans's wife, Madeline Freund, as well as his mother's stories of growing up in Bavaria. MADELINE'S RESCUE won the Caldecott Medal in 1953. Ludwig Bemelmans wrote more than 15 books for children and over 20 books for adults. He and his wife had one child, a daughter named Barbara.
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When Madeline falls into the River Seine she is rescued by a brave stray dog. Madeline, along with the other orphans and their teacher Miss Clavel, adopt the dog, whom they name Genevieve, and bring back to live with them at the orphanage. However, when the orphanage's board of trustees discovers that a dog is living on the premises, they put Genevieve out on the streets. Determined to get her beloved pet back, Madeline leads the others on a search through all of Paris. Illustrated with two- and full-color drawings. Named one the Best Illustrated Books of 1953 by the New York Times Book Review and winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal.
In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived 12 little girls in two straight lines. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine.
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