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"In a old house in Paris
that was covered in vines,
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines...
         the smallest one was Madeline."          

 

April 27th is the 109th birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeline books! Ludwig Bemelmans was born in 1898 in the Austrian Tyrol and came to the United States in 1914. He wrote six books about Madeline, all of which are available through the Olathe Public Library.