As I began imagining a visit to Paris, I recalled how the central characters of several children's books enjoyed some time in the City of Light. Obviously, the first character that comes to mind is little Madeline, creation of writer/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline made her debut in 1939.
|Madeline indeed may be the most famous fictional child in an English-language book about Paris.|
|In one of Madeline's TV adventures she climbed the Eiffel Tower -- and as always got into mischief.|
|Miss Clavel, head of Madeline's school in Paris, also accompanied her charges on the Paris Metro.|
|Eloise, another fictional child, was mostly known for her life in the Plaza Hotel|
in New York. However, she did make a visit to Paris as well in this sequel.
|Babar the Elephant gave some advice about Paris to his daughter who was planning|
a visit. I'll be back with more about Babar in Paris. The Babar books were originally
written in French by Jean de Brunhoff and his son Laurent de Brunhoff.
|A few years ago, in a TV series, Paddington Bear visited Paris where he participated in the Tour de France.|
Here's Paddington with his loaf of French bread -- probably the most characteristic of French foods!
This TV series seems to have gone beyond most of the Paddington adventures, which in the books take place in London.
Sadly, Paddington's creator, Michael Bond, died this week -- his NPR Obituary is HERE.
Note: all screen shots are from YOUTUBE.