Who doesn’t love an anniversary celebration? We’re marking the 70th anniversary of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline, the book that first introduced the world to one of the most beloved characters of all time, by hosting a giveaway in her honor. Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of reading one of the classic Madeline stories yourself, you are sure to recognize the main character, Madeline herself, all dressed up in her blue school girl uniform and ready for adventure.
The same Madeline your parents and grandparents grew up reading has absolutely stood the test of time. She has been one of the most adored literary characters for generations, made famous first by the books and then by a number of plush dolls and accessories available in the Madeline line.
Kids Preferred has recently released my favorite Madeline yet, a limited edition 70th Anniversary doll in honor of her big birthday and she is just as adorable as ever. We were thrilled to get a chance to review the 70th Anniversary Madeline and introduce our family to one of my absolute favorite characters growing up.
Her trademark blue coat and yellow hat has been replaced by a blue Parisian party dress and a satin ribbon in her hair, but she still has the same sweet smile and even has the famous appendix scar from the books. She is adorable and cuddly and ready to delight both doll collectors and children of all ages. Her party dress is removable and other outfits and accessories can be purchased, ensuring hours of play and make believe for years to come. At 13.5” tall, she is perfect for either display or play, and one of our favorite choices this holiday season. Paired with a copy of one of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tales, Madeline is the perfect timeless gift for any young girl on your list.
Besides the fact that she doesn’t look a day over 9, it’s hard to believe that Madeline is actually 70 years old and still continues to grow in popularity with every passing decade. The timeless stories and classic appeal of Madeline is what has kept her so popular for the past 70 years, and will ensure that she’s still delighting girls of all ages over 70 years from now.
Buy it: The 70th Anniversary Madeline Doll is available at specialty shops and boutiques, as well as select online retailers such as www.liveandlearn.com and www.ticastoys.com or direct from the Kids Preferred website.
And now for the Giveaway…
One lucky Rave and Review readers will win a Madeline toy of their choice! To enter to win the Giveaway, just visit Kids Preferred and view their selection of Madeline toys and comment below with whether you would like to win the 70th Anniversary Madeline, Dressable Madeline or the Madeline (9") or Genevieve (8") beanie and whose day you are going to make if you win. All items are available at the above retailers as well as specialty shops near you.
And, as always, there are extra entries available!
This giveaway is closed. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Heidi B. who won the 70th Anniversary Madeline!
A big thank you to Kids Preferred for encouraging us to read together and play together by offering their 70th Anniversary Edition Madeline Doll and book. No type of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.