Madeline. My sisters and I grew up reading these books and watching the films. I intend to introduce my little girl to them soon. I think she'll love them...she and Madeline have red hair and a great sense of adventurousness and independence in common! :)
A good children's book—like a strong smell or a favorite song—brings back viseral, formative memories. And many of the books that stick out so strongly in our minds are memorable because their themes are relevant and important at all stages of our lives.