Madeline (Madeline) by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Madeline series was written by Ludwig Bemelmans, an American author who went on to become one of the most famous names in the history of writers of children’s books. A total of six books were published in the Madeline series. The book contains large pictures and small lines beneath them telling a story in a poetic form. The lines are beautifully written and the book talks about a group of girls spending their childhood days under the strict supervision of their warden.
They are made to follow the same ridged routine every single day of their lives. How they wish they could play around and be merry, but they fear the strict disciplinarian. One day, Madeline is taken ill and the doctor diagnoses it to be a case of appendicitis. She is taken to the hospital to be operated upon. Subsequently, she stays at her father’s house.
There are toys and flowers in the room and they play to their heart’s content. When they arrive at their hostel, they all are sad and pray to God that they too should have a problem with their appendices.
The underlying thought touches us-that children feel stifled in the hostel and wish to live their lives in a carefree manner. Isn’t that what every child wants, and should get, to a certain extent?