Madeline at the White House, with Giveaway

“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.

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


  1. says

    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.

  2. Amanda Ro. says

    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!

  3. Ms. Dawn says

    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.

  4. Gretchen says

    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.

  5. says

    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!

  6. says

    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!

  7. Vickie Couturier says

    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


  8. Brenda Rupp says

    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!!

  9. Teresa Young says

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

  10. PennyZeni says

    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.

  11. meme says

    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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