Madeline at the White House: Review and Giveaway

When I became pregnant with my children, one of the first things I started doing was adding children’s books to our home.   As an avid reader and teacher, I know that reading to your children is one of the most important things a parent can do.  Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline classics were some of the first books I picked up.  I love them for the precious illustrations and kids love the predictable, rhyming text and reading all about the mischief of Madeline.   The books have been around since I was a girl, but for today’s children, Penguin Group Publishing will release Madeline at the White House on January 25, 2011.

Madeline at the White House was written by John Bemelmans Marciano, Ludwig’s grandson.  Faithfully keeping his grandfather’s style of writing and illustrating in mind, Mr. Marciano has added his own spirit and vision to the newer Madeline books.  From the website:  “Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before, when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president’s lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules. With a bouncy read-aloud text and gorgeous watercolor pictures, Madeline at the White House is in the best tradition of the beloved Madeline books.”

Because this book references the Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, it would be a perfect addition to your little one’s Easter Basket this year!  Your child will love the colorful, engaging illustrations and ask to hear the story again and again.   My daughter loved the book and enjoyed hearing about some of the well-known places in our Nation’s Capital.  I remember visiting the White House as a child and reading this book to her took me back!


Even stuffy Miss Clavel won’t mind hearing that we have THREE copies of Madeline at the White House to give away!

How to Enter (mandatory entry):

1.  Tell me why you want to win Madeline at the White House!

Additional entries:

1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog (10 extra entries).

2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)

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Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 31st. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.

This review is the opinion of Jennifer of the Experimental Mommy.  Others may have a differing opinion of the product.  She received a sample product to facilitate this review, however no monetary compensation was received.  All opinions remain 100% hers.

158 thoughts on “Madeline at the White House: Review and Giveaway”

  1. i would love to win this for my daughter. you can never have too many children’s books. we read a couple times a day
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  2. I would love to win a copy of this book for my four year old grandson. When my daughter was in elementary school, we took her to the White House during a trip to visit Washington, D.C. My daughter would be able to share what she saw while visiting the White House as she reads the book to her son.

  3. my granddaughter likes the madeline books and i would love to give this one to her

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  5. I read Madeline books when I was little and now my granddaughter reads them I would love to win this for her.

  6. I would love to win this book because I loved Madeline as a child and would love to introduce my daughter to her adventures.

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  7. I have always like Madeline. I am the mother of five girls and each of them have enjoyed watching her programs. My five year old would love to have a copy to watch over and over again. 😉 Thanks gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

  8. i adored madeline as a child and want to share her with my daughter and I think starting with a book about our country is super!

  9. I’d love to win this because I loved Madeline as a kid and I’d love for my niece to read her books as well while she is still small and would love them.

  10. I would like to win Madeline at the White House because my little cousins just love Madeline and it would make a wonderful gift to them!

  11. I would love to win this! We are taking our little grand daughter with us on vacation in late April to DC and this would make a great video for us to view a few time with her before we go.

  12. I would like to win Madeline at the White House. As a preschool teacher, it would be my pleasure to introduce a whole new generation to spunky Madeline.

  13. I read Madeline books as a kid and I love that my daughter shows an interest in these stories too. I’d love to win the book for her.

  14. Children can never ever have too many books, and my daughter doesn’t have this one! I’d love to add it to her collection.

  15. I want to win because I am a future teacher building my library and I loved Madeline when I was little. I also think this is a great book to introduce children to the white house! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I am putting together an auction basket for my sons school auction and this would fit perfectly with the theme – A night at Grandma’s – What a great bedtime story this would be to take to grandma’s house.

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