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Literature Unit Study Ideas for Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas)

Leah Courtney
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This post is part of the 31 Days of Literature Unit Study Ideas series. You can find the other posts in the series here. And if you'd like to use this literature unit, you can find a FREE printable guide below.

The book I'm sharing today is one I've read many times to all of my kids. I also had it read to me many times when I was young. In fact, I can easily recite the beginning of the story: "In an old house in Paris all covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines..."Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans is a classic children's read.

About the book...

The story is set in Paris in a girls' boarding school. There are twelve little girls under the care of Miss Clavel, a nun. In rhyming words, we learn about the daily lives of the twelve little girls. The smallest one is Madeline.

One night trouble strikes in the middle of the night. Miss Clavel sends for the doctor, and Madeline ends up with her appendix removed. The other little girls miss her and envy her time in the hospital and the gifts given to her by Papa.

The cute rhyming story makes Madeline a good book to read aloud to even young children. And the unique illustrations remind me of an impressionist painting.

Language arts-learn about poetry and rhyme...

Social studies/cultures- learn about Paris...

Science- learn about the human body...


Other resources...


If you would like to use this literature unit, you can find a FREE printable guide here.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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