Madeline was created in the late 1930’s by writer and artist, Ludwig Bemelmans. Viking first published Madeline in 1939. Ludwig wrote six Madeline books before he died in 1962.

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The original Madeline was named a Caldecott Honor Book, and the first of its five sequels, Madeline’s Rescue, received the Caldecott Gold Medal in 1954. Although Madeline was always a popular book title, Madeline has been become a phenomenon in recent years, with numerous Madeline merchandise, and a Madeline feature film released in 1998.

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