今天早上收到了介紹マドレーヌ新商品的絵本ナビShop電子報，想起上個月在MOE上面曾看過一群可愛的法國小孩的繪本，印象深刻，忍不住開始找Madeline相關的資料，《Madeline》在台灣翻做《瑪德琳》，由遠流於1996年出版，不過這系列由原作者 Ludwig Bemelmans寫的一共有六本，分別是:
- Madeline –
Madeline gets appendicitis and must go to the hospital to have her appendix removed
- Madeline’s Rescue –
Madeline falls off a bridge and is rescued by a stray dog who joins her school.
- Madeline and the Bad Hat –
The Spanish Ambassador moves in next door, and Madeline assumes his son Pepito is mean and spoiled
- Madeline in London –
Madeline and Pepito travel around the city of London
- Madeline and the Gypsies –
Madeline and Pepito run away to join a group of traveling gypsies
- Madeline’s Christmas –
Madeline celebrates Christmas with her friends
Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children’s books and an internationally known gourmet. He is known best for the Madeline picture books. Six were published from 1939 to 1961; a seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999.
So begins Ludwig Bemelmans’s beloved children’s story, Madeline. First published in 1939, Madeline and all five of its sequels have become classics, spawning toys, games, dolls, and even a motion picture. The original Madeline was named a Caldecott Honor Book, and the first of its sequels, Madeline’s Rescue received a Caldecott Medal. What is it about this character that has endeared her to readers for more than 60 years? The answer isttitude.
Madeline has been described as charmingly impetuous, irrepressible, mischievous, and precocious. She may have been the smallest of the 12 little girls in two straight lines, but she certainly was the feistiest. Wearing their flat sailor hats and identical coats, Madeline’s unnamed classmates all look alike except for their hair. But Madeline stands out, not because of the way she looks, but because unlike the other girls, she is utterly fearless. When she boldly tells the tiger in the zoo, “Pooh-pooh," you wonder if what she is really saying is, “I’m not afraid of you or anything else in this world!"
No doubt about it. Madeline is a gutsy little girl, and that’s what makes her such a unique role model in a time when storybook princesses defined femininity for girls. Madeline gave young girls a reason to explore who they were as individuals, even if that meant being a tad disobedient. She gave girls the courage to speak their mind and showed them that there was nothing unfeminine about being smart and strong.
Madeline inherited her spunky personality from her creator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Like Madeline, Bemelmans was a free spirit and a man of strong opinions. His list of creative talents was considerable novelist, muralist, nonfiction writer, screenwriter, and oil painter. He was a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, and Town & Country magazines. He painted murals in a bar named for him at the Carlyle Hotel and sold a screenplay to MGM. Austrian-born Bemelmans lived in New York and surrounded himself with a rich variety of people, places, and personalities. At one point, he planned to collaborate on a book with then First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy.
Bemelmans always considered himself more an artist-illustrator than a writer, and later in life he became a serious painter. His work is on display in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Muse� National d’Art of Paris. That isn’t to say he did not take his writing seriously, for he was careful never to insult his young audience. “We are writing for children, but not for idiots," he once stated.
A dashing nonconformist with a footloose lifestyle, Bemelmans took Madeline’s readers on whirlwind adventures in Paris, London, and the French countryside. No wonder that Madeline has become a worldwide phenomenon. “And that’s all there is — there isn’t any more."
Madeline From Wikipedia (English)
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