French schoolgirl character 'Madeline' focus of New York exhibit

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A reproduction of the image “The little girls all cried ‘Boo-hoo!’” from the book Madeline and the Bad Hat is shown in this undated handout imageBy Lauren Young NEW YORK (Reuters) - Madeline, the plucky French schoolgirl depicted in illustrated children’s books, was created 75 years ago and New York is marking the anniversary of the iconic character with a special exhibition. "Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans," which opens at the New-York Historical Society on Friday, chronicles the story of the red-haired Parisian girl from Bemelmans books, which have spawned dolls, a television series and a live-action film. “‘Madeline’ is one of the greats in the picture book world," Jane Bayard Curley, curator of the exhibition, said in an interview. “She is somebody who survives and thrives in the face of life’s troubles.” More than 90 original artworks, including drawings and paintings, as well as menus, match books and one of the New York covers illustrated by Bemelmans, make up the exhibit.

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