"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines . . . "

Behind the door of the Advent calendar, we find Madeline's Christmas. The fun illustrations are the best part of this story, but we have always had a soft spot on our hearts for Madeline -- one of the great heroines of children's literature. As for me, Miss Clavel is one of my role models. Ask the urchins how often I have stopped in my tracks and said, "Something is not right!"