Paint Picture and Page Designed by Marissa J. Melton
By Ludwig Bemelmans
In an old house in
Paris, France lived twelve little girls. The smallest of the little
girls was Madeline. Although small, Madeline was full of courage and
was not afraid of anything. Miss Clavel was the lady that cared for all
twelve of the girls. Of course, courageous Madeline always found a way
to scare the daylights out of Miss Clavel. One day while Miss Clavel
and the twelve girls were out, Madeline was playing dangerously and
slipped and fell right off a bridge into the water below. She
almost drowned, but was saved by a very brave dog. After being rescued,
Madeline learned a valuable lesson--she should listen to Miss Clavel.
The smart dog returned home with the girls. All twelve of them fought
over where the dog would sleep that night. The girls taught the
dog tricks and took very good care of him. They named it Genevieve.
Genevieve became a regular part of the family.
Months passed, and soon the
snow began to fall. It was in the month of May that the girls and Miss
Genevieve became nervous. They were nervous because around this time
the Trustees came for the
annual inspection. When the trustees arrived they performed a
very thorough inspection. During the inspection, the president of the
board of trustees, Lord Cucuface, found Genevieve. He said that
there was a rule that "DOGS AREN'T ALLOWED IN SCHOOL!" Immediately he
threw the Genevieve out. The girls and Miss Clavel were very sad. They
decided to take a walk through the city and look for Genevieve.
Everyone searched all over to find Genevieve, but she was not found.
Hours later, the girls and Miss Clavel returned home broken-hearted.
That night when everyone was in bed, Miss Clavel heard something
outside of her window. She got up, went outside, and found Miss
Genevieve under the street lamp. They rejoiced and fed Genevieve and
everybody returned to bed. Once again the girls fought over where
Genevieve would sleep that night. Miss Clavel got up again and warned
the twelve little girls that if they fought over Genevieve again she
would have to leave. Shortly after returning to bed, Miss Clavel rose
again for the third time. To her surprise, she found Genevieve with a
litter of puppies. Now, there were enough dogs for each girl to have
Madeline's Rescue, is
a story of adventure,
old friends, new friends, and new beginnings.