Have you ever wondered how Jane chose the books she uses in the Five in a Row Curriculum?
Here is what she had to say about why she chose Madeline:
Madeline is certainly a classic story, first published way back in 1939! That means this book has been enjoyed by children, and the adults that read to them, for more than seventy years; four generations! I chose Madeline as a Five in a Row title for many reasons. I loved the fact that this interesting story, showcasing the city of Paris and a very memorable little girl was written in poetic verse.
Along with Paul Revere’s Ride, Duchess Bakes a Cake, and Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening scattered throughout various FIAR volumes, Madeline is a book written in verse. Poetry is a facet of literature that young children particularly enjoy and I thought it important to include some story selections that might excite young Rowers to hear and value great poetry. And Madeline isn’t just a book that appeals to girls. With its tigers, a midnight ambulance ride, doctors, robbers, policemen, and soldiers as well as the geography and landmarks of the famous city of Paris there should be plenty for boys to enjoy too.