Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Madlenka

Hi Friends!!

Welcome back. I always love Fridays. We have Perfect Picture Book Friday and tomorrow is the weekend. I usually unplug for part of it and just read. Seems like I don’t get enough time to just read anymore. My class keeps me busy and so does 12×12.

You know yesterday was Valentine’s Day remember? Well I found out it was International Book Giving Day, too. So I did and will. Give some.  I have several I can donate. I not only want to donate some but give one to my grandson. Here are books I’m giving away. 

Inside the World of Stars Wars Trilogy; this is the one I’m mailing to my grandson

Milk and Honey-A year of Jewish Holidays by Jane Yolen

I need a Lunch Boxby Jeanette Caines


Dragonology, the official S.A.S.D. guide by Ernest Drake

And if you’d like to join me, take a look at this web site:

I’m gaga for anything Larry Brooks has to say and his Storyfix blog is one of my favorite. Here is one post that sums up his book on the six core principles of writing.  Hope you enjoy it.

Lisa Jackson, a full time free lancer, is founder and regular contributor to this group writer’s blog. Let’s write to live and live to write. Scroll down this site and you will see the writer’s favorite sites for his writing life. 



Madlenka book cover_AA160_Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Madlenka

Title: Madlenka

Author/Illustrator: Peter Sis

Ages: four to eight

Themes: Father-daughter relationship, neighborhood, city, cultures, multi-cultures, universal experiences, Friends, interconnectedness, Interpersonal relationships, growing up, friendship, firsts, educational, diversity, community, common childhood experiences,

Resources: Madlenka can be taught across several curriculum areas, social studies, art, language skills and the children’s imaginations. Kids can use the internet to look up the countries Madlenka’s friends came from.

First Three Sentences: “In the universe, on a planet, on a continent, in a country, in a city, on a block, in a house, in a window, in the rain, a little girl named Madlenka finds her tooth wiggles. She has to tell everyone.”

From the Jacket: “Madlenka lives in New York City. She has lived on the same block, in the same building, in the same apartment since the day she was born. Everyone on the block knows her, and they are all her friends: the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice cream man, the German Lady who sits by her window, the Latin American greengrocer, and the Asian shopkeeper. For Madlenka, a trip around the block is like a trip around the e world.

Here is Peter Sis’s New York—a rich and varied block, a neighborhood, a small town in one of the busiest cities in the world.”

Why I love it: When I looked for resources I found other Madlenka books, Madlenka’s Dog, Madlenka Soccer Star, and Madlenka’s Music, all obviously written for and inspired by his children. This one in particular is of course the one where Madeleine lost her first tooth. Her neighborhood is a city block made up of people from all over the world. Sis tells this in spiraling news starting with one page and spreading out across a double spread. He has squares cut out of the pages to show Madlenka in the middle and the world spreading all around her. She is the center of attention in all sense of the word.

And this is the third Sis book in my series. I have found a theme in his books. He loves to draw and write outside the box, outside the illustration and around the page. Like I tried to explain. This book even has a cut out square for Madlenka to be in the center after one turns the page. And on other pages Sis explains the culture of her friends around the main illustration in little spots. I am sure it will fascinate a child to read this book. 

My friend Beth Stillborn says. “Every Friday, bloggers join together to share picture book reviews and resources, thanks to author Susanna Leonard Hill’s brainchild, “Perfect Picture Book Fridays.” Susanna then adds the books (and links to the reviews) to a comprehensive listing by subject on her blog. Find the entire listing at her “Perfect Picture Books.”

Have a Greeaat Weekend!!

Do you think you would like this book? Why?

City Block in Madlenka with Madlenka in the middle

City Block in Madlenka with Madlenka in the middle


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36 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Madlenka

  1. I like books about community and this sounds like one. The tooth topic would be good for my kiddo. I’m also curious about the illustrations in this one. Thanks for the recommendation. Happy reading and giving away some books!


  2. I’ve not seen this series before, Clar. They sound fun and illustrations are intriguing. Thanks for recommending.


    • clarbojahn says:

      It’s not a series per se but three books by Peter Sis that I have reviewed three weeks in a row. Sorry if I confused you. Each book has been on a different topic but Sis’s illustration style is similar for all three books.

      I think you’ll like him. 🙂


  3. I love the depth in Peter Sis’ illustrations. Good recommendation.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Wendy!

      Yes, his illustrations have many levels no matter how old you are. He has made it interesting to readers of all ages. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and come back any time. 🙂


  4. I was not aware of this book by Peter Sis…looks like a winner to me! I love the multicultural aspect of it, and I, too, am fascinated by NYC. Thanks for sharing!


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Jarm.

      Yes, it has a lot going for it. NYC is a multicultural community and it has not escaped Peter Sis since he lives there.

      Thanks for your comment and come back and visit any time. 🙂


  5. Catherine Johnson says:

    That sounds great. My son lost his first tooth recently I should read it to him. Thanks for the links too, Clar. Have a lovely weekend!


  6. This book is new me. Love the sense of a global community in a block setting. What better was to introduce a child to the world than at home. Thank you for sharing. Plan to look this one up.


  7. Rosi says:

    I absolutely love the opening sentence. It would draw kids in right away. I’ll be looking for these books. Thanks for telling me about them.


  8. We have Madlenka’s Dog at our house. It is one of our very favorite books. Mr Sis does some incredible work! Thanks for sharing this one!


  9. I just sigh when I see his illustrations. My other toothy fav, though is One Morning in Maine. Feeling a little nostalgic, now that my kids are ‘done’ with their’s.


  10. laura516 says:

    I love this book and my boys are very into Sis’s preschool truck books. I didn’t realize there were other Madlenka books. Thanks!


  11. Margot Finke says:

    Peter Sis has you HOOKED, mate. His artwork IS a treat.
    I pinned your review to my Pinterest Book Review board.

    Books for Kids – Manuscript Critiques


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Margot!!

      I’m hooked for sure!! Will make a trip to the library tomorrow and see what other Sis books there might be. lol.

      Stop by and visit any time. 🙂


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  13. Joanna says:

    I reviewed this last year in my around the world series. I do love the book, but I think when reading it to a child it is important to point out the stereotypical employment Sis gives to each of the immigrants.


    • clarbojahn says:

      EEEWww that’s right, Joanna! And I didn’t notice it. But couldn’t this be the real thing in his neighborhood in NYC? I mean that is why it is stereotypical because so many cultures have those types of jobs.

      Let me know what you think ok? 🙂


  14. I just love that first line! That’s the sort of thing that really appealed to me as a kid — like writing my name, town, province, country, North America, Northern Hemisphere, The World, The Universe.


  15. Sounds like you are definitely busy! And I’m with you – it seems like I don’t get enough time to just read anymore. That bums me out, but that’s okay. I make time as much as possible.
    Love the PB you’ve shared, and I love that the picture is drawn from an aerial perspective. That is so cool!


  16. I love Madlenka’s Dog, which we own, but haven’t read this one – I didn’t realize there were several. This is a great choice, Clar – thanks so much for adding it to our list! 🙂


  17. Clar…you are so busy.:) Thanks for the links! And for this awesome book pic…I love the diversity aspect of it…and it takes place in NYC…so I need to find a copy. The opening lines are unique…so simple but compelling.:)


  18. I like books that address cultural diversity. These sound delightful!


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