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Featured books by John Bemelmans Marciano

The grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans continues the ever-popular, rhyming series about 12 little girls in a house in Paris. The girls' teacher has a particularly tough time with a red-haired child named Madeline. Marciano also wrote about a boy who lives and works in Italy who has a very unusual water adventure.

Bemelmans: The Life & Art of Madeline's Creator

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Illustrated by: Ludwig Bemelmans
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Take a journey through the life of Renaissance man Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the beloved Madeline series and accomplished painter. This book was written by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, who has since continued the legacy of Madeline.

Delilah

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Farmer Red decides to buy a lamb to cure his loneliness. He couldn't afford to buy the fancy educated sheep, so he ends up with an uneducated lamb. He names her Delilah and they quickly become the best of friends. Delilah becomes such a help on the farm, that Red is soon able to afford educated sheep… but the new sheep bring new conflicts.

Harold's Tail

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Harold the squirrel is living the life in New York City, feasting on nuts from a kind old man in the park. The old man never feeds, the rats, though. One rat, angry at this fact, tells Harold the only difference between himself and a rat is his fluffy tail. Determined to prove the rat wrong, Harold shaves his tail… only to be proven wrong himself.

Madeline and the Cats of Rome

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Miss Clavel takes her 12 charges to Rome, they not only see the sights but meet a thief and rescue a house full of cats. This all-new Madeline adventure is comparable to the early ones but has been created by Bemelmans' grandson.

Madeline Loves Animals

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From an elephant to a butterfly, Madeline meets and interacts with a series of creatures. Simple rhymes and signature illustrations appear on sturdy pages.

Madeline Says Merci: The Always Be Polite Book

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Madeline introduces manners for many situations in rhyme, illustrated with light lines and watercolor illustrations.

There's a Dolphin in the Grand Canal

By: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Luca is lonely and tired of spending his summer working in his parents' café; that is, until he has an amazing adventure in the canals of Venice on the back of a dolphin. Playful line and wash illustrations add joy to the imaginative adventure.

Books illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano

Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales

By: Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrated by: John Bemelmans Marciano
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Madeline takes a trip to Texas when she is told that her great-grandfather left her an inheritance. The manuscript was complete when Bemelmans' grandson found a completed manuscript and illustrated it as his grandfather might have done.

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