Madeline at the White House, with Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

“Their old house in Paris is covered with vines and they travel about in two straight lines. Their plane gets in at half past nine. The smallest one is…”

I am sure that most of you can finish this sentence. Madeline has been a beloved children’s character for more than half a century. Author Ludwig Bemelmans introduced Madeline in 1939, and he wrote many stories throughout the next two decades. Thanks to his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, children can enjoy new Madeline stories today. The latest release, Madeline at the White House, is a delightful story about Miss Clavel and her girls visiting Washington, D.C. I find it especially interesting that Madeline’s trip to D.C. was the original idea of Ludwig Bemelmans (he imagined Madeline visiting the Kennedy children), but he was never able to finish the book. John Bemelmans Marciano has taken his grandfather’s idea and created a story that fits perfectly with the rhythm and style of the original Madeline series.

In Madeline at the White House, Miss Clavel and the girls visit D.C. over Easter weekend. The girls have a wonderful time participating in the White House Easter egg hunt, and Madeline befriends the President’s daughter, Candle. Madeline and Candle manage to escape the White House and see the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument; and they manage to return to their beds before the Secret Service knows what has happened.

Madeline at the White House is a charming story that will please children and parents. It is a story to be enjoyed, but it is a wonderful way to introduce the nation’s capital as well. Besides the locations mentioned above, the book also includes scenes from the Oval Office, the Lincoln Bedroom, and the South Lawn. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself today.

If you would like to win a fantastic prize package worth $68 which includes a copy of Madeline at the White House, a tin tea set and a soft 16 inch doll, please leave a comment on this post. Only one comment per person, please. This giveaway is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

We will announce the winner on February 21.

For all of you Madeline fans out there, I will end my review in true Bemelmans’ style: I hope my review wasn’t a bore. That’s all there is, there isn’t any more.

The winner of our last giveaway for the book Soup Day is #34 Hippie4ever. You should have received an email from us.

We currently have FIVE giveaways open at 5 Minutes for Books, including one for an Open Season 3 DVD and video game package. Check them all out now!

5 Minutes for Books contributor Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.



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1 Becky Mac January 31, 2011 at 12:25 am

I LOVE Madeline! I would really like to win this for my daughter.

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2 Tiffany M January 31, 2011 at 12:49 am

Madeline is awesome!!! We would love to win!

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3 purple moose January 31, 2011 at 1:31 am

Ooh, we LOVE Madeline!! Pick us please!!

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4 Sarah Moore January 31, 2011 at 1:45 am

We love the Madeline books!

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5 se7en January 31, 2011 at 5:11 am

Oooh I have a friend in the States that would actually live and die for this… I would so love to surprise her!!!

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6 Larri January 31, 2011 at 5:25 am

Even though she is almost 8, my daughter loves Madeline! She’d be thrilled to win such a fantastic giveaway. :)

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7 emily January 31, 2011 at 6:27 am

I love the Madeline books and reading them with my daughter. I look forward to reading this one!

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8 Blessed January 31, 2011 at 6:41 am

I love the Madeline books and my daughter is learning to love them too – we would enjoy this prize package!

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9 Kristie January 31, 2011 at 8:27 am

This would be so much fun for my daughter! Thank you for the chance to win!

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10 Darla January 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

I love Madeline, what a sweet giveaway!

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11 Lauren January 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

I love Madeline! This would be a wonderful gift for my niece’s upcoming birthday.

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12 S Club Mama January 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

Wouldn’t I be the funnest aunt ever?! My niece would be darling dragging this little dolly around :D

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13 riTa January 31, 2011 at 9:52 am

So sweet! I know just who this would be for :-)

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14 Heather from Tulsa January 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

We love Madeline and my daughters would LOVE to win this.

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15 Mom24 January 31, 2011 at 11:36 am

My granddaughter would love this!

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16 Elizabeth January 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My three year old just got her first Madeline book this weekend! This would be a fun addition to her collection.

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17 Jen E January 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I’d love to win this for my daughter!

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18 staceyk January 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

snakan0 at hotmail dot com
Would love this for my daughter to have some girly toys!

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19 Janelle January 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Love your ending for this review! My daughter would be delighted to own the new book as well as the doll and tea set. She can go about serving us in two straight lines.

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20 K Brown January 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This would be great! Thank you!

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21 Annette W January 31, 2011 at 1:08 pm

We just borrowed our first Madeline book from the library! This set would be perfect!!

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22 Amy January 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

What little girl would not love this!

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23 Bernadette January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Madeline holds a special place in my heart and I would love to share this with my daughter.

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24 Amy January 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

My daughter LOVES Madeline! What a great giveaway!

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25 Carrie, Reading to Know January 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Would love to be included!

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26 Tammy Gordon January 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

i would love to win this for my little girl Madeline! ;)

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27 Shannon January 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

How fun! A Madeline book set in the US :) Like the one where she visits her dad! Madeline is a classsic that will always be treasured in this house!

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28 Robin (noteverstill) January 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

We love the Madeline books! I didn’t know a new one is coming out but I can’t wait to tell my daughters. They’ll be so excited!!

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29 Amanda Ro. January 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I grew up with Madeline!!! I must admit, I still love Madeline! But, my niece would love to have this!! She’s quickly learning to love Madeline! Thanks!

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30 Shari January 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’d love to win this and introduce my Hannah to Madeline! Thanks for the chance!

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31 Amy January 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I’m so excited there are new Madeline books! I would love to win this!

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32 Daniel M January 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

my niece would love this!

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33 Martha C January 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I have loved Madeline for so many years! This would be a great addition to my collection.

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34 Amy C January 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

My little girls would ADORE this gift set! How exciting!!!

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35 Ms. Dawn January 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

When my (now 16) daughter was 5 she had the cutest little bob haircut, so when her tumbling class did a routine to the Madeline song, my daughter got to play “Madeline”…she looked JUST like her in her little blue dress and yellow hat. I’d read Madeline to her before then, but our appreciation of the story was raised to a new level after the dance recital.

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36 Christi January 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I’ve loved Madeline since I was a child!

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37 Beth C January 31, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Madeline is adorable and my granddaughter loves her!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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38 Gretchen January 31, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I love Madeline, my daughters love Madeline, and my granddaughter is at the perfect age to be introduced to Madeline. I would love this prize package for her.

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39 Tonya January 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm

My daughter has just discovered Madeline and loves her as much as I do!

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40 Annie January 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Oh! I love Madeline, and have just introduced my daughter to her. She is really enjoying her as well! Thanks!

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41 jennifer rivera January 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm

YAY!!!! finally someting i can share with my little girl,who idolizes madeline!!! what a treat!!!

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42 Barbara Manatee January 31, 2011 at 10:26 pm

My daughter would love this…looks neat!

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43 mrsshukra January 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Love Madeline! Please count me in!

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44 Sharon February 1, 2011 at 2:00 am

I would love to win this for my granddaughter!

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45 Amy February 1, 2011 at 3:30 am

My girls would be over the moon if I won this!

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46 Maggie M. February 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

Love Madeline! My daughter does too! What a fun giveaway!
Thanks!

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47 MH February 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

Please send one of these new books our way…we are huge Madeline fans!

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48 MJ February 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

This would be so fun to use when taking my daughter to DC!

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49 Snowflake07 (Audra) February 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

Madeline is adorable; my daughter would be thrilled! :-)

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50 Jaimie K February 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

4 little girls at my house would put this to great use!

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51 aimee February 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

Sounds lovely!!!

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52 Maureen February 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Would love this! Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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53 LaVonne
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February 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Now this is a great prize pack! ;)

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54 Casey February 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My almost 4 year old daughter would absolutely love this. We’ve read the original Madeline and she has seen the White House from the outside (she calls its Obama’s house. not the White House..not quite sure she has picked up that whoever is president gets to live there). This book would be great to bring the two concepts together. Thanks!

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55 simplywebly February 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

my niece would really love this if I win.

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56 Debby February 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Madeline’s books are wonderful. It would be wonderful to win this for my granddaughters.

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57 Kathy Stevenson February 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

My girls would love this prize!

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58 Stephanie February 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm

My 4-year-old almost has the original “Madeline” completely memorized (we read it quite often). I bet she’d like this new edition equally well…and how fun that it’s educational too!

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59 Vickie Couturier February 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I have a little grandaughter who would love to read an play with this doll,she loves books an this is a series that I would encourage her to read

vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

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60 Angie Ferenc February 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

This looks absolutely wonderful! : ) My boys love Madeline.

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61 Lawanna February 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I’d love to win this for a special little girl..

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62 Brenda Rupp February 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I would love to win this for a little girl that is my friends granddaughter. I skyped with them yesterday so I could be there for their play date! It was fun!!

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63 Tia February 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

My daughter would absolutely love reading and playing with these toys.
nhmummab@comcast.net

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64 nan February 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm

thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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65 Tina February 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

These would be great to use in my Kindergarten class. Thanks

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66 Debra February 2, 2011 at 12:49 am

Oh, we love Madeline….my daughter dressed up as Madeline for Halloween (adorable)!!!! Would love to win the new book and package!

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67 Jupiter February 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

Aw,we love Madeline! My oldest daughter used to have a Madeline doll but the poor thing was loved to death.

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68 katklaw777 February 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

One of my favorite characters of all time…wonderful giveaway, thanks.

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69 Alison S. February 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love just about anythign to do with The White House and American history. What a cool giveaway!

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70 Suzanne W. February 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

My daughter would love this!

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71 Wendy Mahaney February 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My little nieces would love this! wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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72 nicole February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I loved Madeling growing up and i would love to share her now with my own daughters! momstheword2005@hotmail.com

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73 Christy, The Simple Homemaker February 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

My children LOVE LOVE LOVE Madeline. This giveaway is perfect. Two of my youngest children have birthdays coming up, and this would be great to split between the two. Thank you for the chance to win.

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74 Megan Earley February 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

My daughter would love this prize pack!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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75 melissa February 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

my daughters would love this! thanks for the great contest!

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76 melissa February 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm

my daughters would love this!

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77 Teresa Young February 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I’m introducing my granddaughters to the children’s classics and this would be a great way for them to get to know Madeline.

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78 Julie mom of 7 February 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Madeline is a cherished collection in our home, not only do my daughters love it , but my grandaughter as well……what a wonderful giveaway

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79 Some Lucky Dog February 5, 2011 at 1:16 am

I would love to win this for our niece!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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80 Staci A February 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I loved Madeline growing up! I bet my niece would fall in love with her now too!

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81 Heather February 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I would love to share this with my daughter! These books are classics! Hope to win :)

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82 Mozi Esmes Mommy February 6, 2011 at 3:47 am

I’d love this for my daughter.

Janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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83 rodjac February 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This would be great for brea

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84 Christine W February 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

I have a daughter who would truly love to have such a wonderful prize package.

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85 Ann B February 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

Oh gosh, my granddaughter, who happens to also be named Madeline would love this…

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86 Micki February 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

I would love to win this prize so I can share it with my preschool class! I know it would be a big hit!!!!

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87 PennyZeni February 8, 2011 at 2:27 am

Madeline was my favorite character growing up and made Paris my favorite city! I am thrilled that this set now shows her having adventure’s in Washington DC, now maybe little girls all over the world will want to visit and love our nation’s capital! Thanks for the chance to enter.

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88 Bluerose(Tammy) February 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Please count me in. :)

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89 Katherine C. February 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I think my daughter would enjoy this prize!

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90 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

We love Madeline. :D

psmomreviews@gmail.com

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91 meme February 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

My 4 year old would really love this. She loves madeline and this would make a great birthday present for her upcoming birthday

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92 Dena February 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I LOVE Madeline books. This would be great!

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93 Dee February 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

This would be great for my grandchildren!

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94 Katie February 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Would love to win this! I think it’d be a hit with several of my preschoolers!

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95 Misty Urech February 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

What a lovely giveaway. My daughters would LOVE this!!!!

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96 sharon February 10, 2011 at 12:13 am

My granddaughter would love this too! Like my daughter did!

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97 Brooklyn D. February 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

My little girl would love this! It sounds like such fun and she loves to read!

Thanks for the chance!

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98 Angela G. February 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

This would be very cute for my daughter.

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99 Jennifer Orozco February 13, 2011 at 8:52 am

This is a great set. My daughter loves Madeline.

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100 Wehaf February 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I would love to win this for my niece!

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