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“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine — the smallest one was Madeline.”

"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines ." Favorite book as a kid :]

In rain or shine Ludwig Bemelmans painted the girls in two straight lines, giving us Paris in the background. I read these religiously to my girls. Perhaps it was the seed of their love for all things French.

In rain or shine Ludwig Bemelmans painted the girls in two straight lines, giving us Paris in the background. I read these religiously to my girls. Perhaps it was the seed of their love for all things French.

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Throwback Thursdays: The Books That Made Us

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. The smallest one was Madeline.

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Whimsical art from "Atelier de Fifi" aka They remind me of my 6 years in France, and summers in Paris.

map of Madeleine's Paris

Going by the (Children's) Book

if we ever do europe with kids: Paris through a child's eyes, tracing the steps of Madeleine, the Red Balloon, and Hugo Cabret. NY Times May 2012

MADELINE, 1998, (c)Columbia Pictures

One of my favorite movies as a kid! Had the dolls and books too :) "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines .