Storybook Heroes No 7: Madeline
Meet the brilliant fictional characters who have become timeless classics in the world of children's books
Name Madeline Fogg
Born Paris, 1952
Defining moment "In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines... The smallest one was Madeline."
Why we love Madeline
* She's a feisty redhead: "She was not afraid of mice, she loved winter, snow and ice, to the tiger in the zoo, Madeline justs said Pooh pooh."
* She's the perfect foil to her prim and proper mentor, Miss Clavel (the Miss Jean Brodie-esque guardian with her heart set on making her gals "the creme de la creme").
* There's a real sense of nostalgic charm about the romantic Parisian settings and famous landmarks.
Not to be confused with
Eloise (another precocious Yankee), Lulu (another feisty redhead), Madonna (same nickname, Madge),
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is published by Scholastic Books.
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