Madeline - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings


Written by Ludwig Bemelmans

Suitable for: 5-7 years (Key stage 1)

Sponsored by: Lloyds TSB Foundation

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Something is not right with Madeline & one night she wakes up with such a terrible pain. It’s her appendix, so she goes to hospital to have it taken out. When her friends visit, & see all her presents, & her scar, they want their appendixes out too.

Listen to an audio clip

Thick strands of orange marmalade hair escape from beneath her hat. Can you feel them? Now explore her coat. It covers up most of her body. It is lovely and thick to keep Madeline warm. How many buttons are there down the front? And can you feel a collar at her neck? That'll stop the cold wind getting in. And can you find her little hands? We can't trace each finger but we can find her thumb. And have you come across two cold, bare legs with clean white ankle socks and small black shoes?

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Little girl & Woman (Madeline & Miss Clavel
12 Girls in 12 Beds
Policeman, Thief, Doctor, Nurse
11 girls in 12 beds

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