Madeline Turns 70

X01_154895 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. 

82006%2070th%20Anniversary%20Collectible%20MadelineLR[1] 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Her trademark blue coat and yellow hat has been replaced by a blue Parisian party dress and a satin ribbon in her hair, but she still has the same sweet smile and even has the famous appendix scar from the books.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. 

XCIMG7173 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.

Price: $30

Buy it: The 70th Anniversary Madeline Doll is available at specialty shops and boutiques, as well as select online retailers such as and 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.

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340 thoughts on “Madeline Turns 70”

  1. I would love the Dressable Madeline Doll. Would be cute to put different outfits on her. My little toddler would love her up!

  2. My daughter (amazingly) doesn’t have any dolls. I would love the Dressable Madeline doll as a new friend for her!

  3. I would love to win the Genevieve Bean Bag Toy, and it would be for my daughter. Please enter me. Thanks!

  4. I would LOVE to win the 70th Anniversary Madeline, Dressable Madeline for my gandaughter!
    I like your honest and precise reviews of various products you do.
    thanks 🙂

  5. I like the 70th Anniversary Madeline..It would be for ny niece Sarah..She would love it. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. I would love to give my mother the 70th Anniversary Madeline doll for Christmas. She loves Madeline and her room is a white and blue theme so this Madeline’s dress would go lovely in there.

  7. My daughters would love the 70th Anniversary Madeline. Thank you for the chance to win!
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  8. This would go to my youngest daughter. I know she would just love her. The 70th Anniversary Madeline is my favorite. I love her little dress.

  9. I believe my niece will love the Dressable Madeline. She actually has short red hair like Madeline, so she definitely would love the doll! I’ve been reading Madeline stories to her since she was two, and she just turned seven.

  10. I would love the dressable Madeline. I would love to give it to my niece Madeline. I like the dressable one because of the infamous yellow hat 🙂

  11. The 70th Anniversary doll is my pick! I would give it to my daughter for Christmas. Or….I was thinking that if I won something like this, I could place it next to her while she is sleeping and let her wake up to find it there! That would be awesome to see. Thanks for the giveaway. I have tried to win this doll before with no luck! Maybe this time! Thanks again. 🙂

  12. I would like the Dressable Madeline, and I would give it to my niece for Christmas! She loves Madeline Books!

  13. I would like to win the 70th Anniversary Madeline. I think my granddaughter would like her best without the hat. She is so cute!

  14. I won’t lie… I would totally love this doll for myself. I’ve loved Bemelmans work ever since I was a small child and even still have some of my old Madeline toys, I’d love to add the 70th Anniversary Madeline to the collection!

  15. I like the Madeline Dressable Doll for my 2 year old granddaughter. She has a Dressy Bessy and I would like to introduce her to Madeline.

  16. I would love the Madeline beanie if I won. I would donate it to Military charity for children with parents’ deployed.

  17. I would love to win this for my wife as we have been married 36 years this Dec and she has collected Madame Alexander dolls even before we go married. I hope she wins.

  18. Thanks for the giveaway…I would like to win the Dressable Madeline for a goddaughter, who as luck would have it is named Madeline

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