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Comments for Madlenka
Madlenka by Peter Sis is the story of a young girl who lives in New York City, possibly on the same block as St. John's Park. She has awoken to her first wiggly tooth and decides to share her news with all her neighbors.
As Madlenka walks around the block to greet her neighbors her imagination transports her to magical places based somewhat on her actual location. Being a kid in New York, she has an ethnically diverse set of neighbors. They are from places like India, Tibet, South America, Germany, and so forth. Each neighbor gives a chance for Sis to introduce facts about another part of the world.
The artwork that accompanies the text is magical. It's not realistic by any sense but it captures Madlenka's enthusiasm and imagination perfectly. There are also pages with cutouts to allow part of the next page's artwork to show through. Also, there are some larger pages to unfold revealing panoramas during some of the dream sequences.