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Primrose School of Dublin achieves nationally accredited status

The Primrose School of Dublin at 6415 Post Road has received accreditation from the Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).

The Primrose School of Dublin is one of the many Primrose Schools nationwide to receive accreditation since CITA/NCA-CASI gave the Primrose School Franchising Company approval to seek accreditation for each of its schools in July of 1998. Primrose is the first franchised educational preschool to be given permission to seek CITA/NCA-CASI accreditation.

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After a 50-year hiatus, Madeline returns with an adventure in Rome

After nearly 50 years, the children's classic Madeline book series returns with the first full-length story, Madeline and the Cats of Rome, this time written by John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of the late, award-winning writer Ludwig Bemelmans. A self-taught artist, Marciano spent years researching the book in Italy and created a story that brings Miss Clavel and the 12 little girls in two straight lines back to life. In Rome, Madeline finds unexpected adventure, involving a thief, a chase, and many, many cats.

Marciano recently visited Columbus' Cover to Cover bookstore for a reading and book signing. Below are some of his thoughts regarding his latest work:

Q: I know your grandfather passed away before you were born, but what was it like growing up as the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans?

A: It wasn't too different from growing up the grandson of anyone else. As a kid you accept whatever the situation is. It was cool having this connection and growing up with the pictures from the book in my room and around the house. We realized it was something special. I didn't understand until I was in college or after. We heard so many stories from my mother about my grandfather.

Q: How do you follow in the footsteps of Ludwig Bemelmans? Were you intimidated or nervous to continue the Madeline series?

A: While researching for a book on my grandfather's life, I found all these finished manuscripts he never got around to turning into books. That's what got me into it. I was intimidated. The art is especially incredible. The more I did it the more intimidated I'd get. Grandfather's work is deceptively simple. It seems like doodling. I realized that his sense of light and dark and color and anatomy ... he knew it well. He made conscious choices.

Q: How did you begin writing this book, Madeline and the Cats of Rome?

A: I spent a couple years on and off living in Rome and traveling around the country and I would go back every year. I felt comfortable with Rome. I felt too intimidated to try to tackle a book in Paris. When it came to writing the book, I felt like I knew Rome really well. It felt like a second home to me. I went for three months at the beginning of last year. I had already had the story very much in my head and already had it sketched out. I wrote the text while I was there.

Q: If your grandfather were alive today, what do you think he'd say about your book?

A: I think he'd love it. He was always encouraging my mom to write and draw and encouraging others. I feel like everything that I've read and understood is that he was very open with Madeline. He was excited to see different representations of her. I think he would have liked it. He would read translations of his books in Italian and French and German and my grandmother would say he would just laugh. He made a distinction that although it wasn't his writing, it was still great. I think he would have seen my book like a translation.

Q: What are your future plans and do they include any more Madeline books?

A: I don't know. I've just signed up to do an adult word book about people whose names have become words but you'd never know it ... like boycott and leotard. And I'm working on another kid's book, a long fantasy novel that I've been working on for years. I loved doing the Madeline book but I love it when it's done. It's really hard to do. I need a break. I'm sure I'll get charged back up to do one.

Story by Andrea M. Strle for Columbus Parent Magazine

Sylvan Learning Centers of central Ohio honored for outstanding work

Sylvan Learning Center recently hosted its annual conference -- at which central Ohio Sylvan centers received several top awards for personalized tutoring, study skills and SAT/ACT prep classes.

Each office of the Columbus co-op was honored with an award, including:

  • Education Excellence Award -- Newark, Hilliard, Marion, Lewis Center, Reynoldsburg, Grove City and Lancaster
  • Territory Excellence Award -- Marion and Lewis Center
  • Business Excellence Award -- Lewis Center
  • Nickelodeon's Parents Pick for Best College Prep Class for Teens -- Hilliard

For more information, call (800) 31-SUCCESS, or visit

Columbus Symphony 25th anniversary Holiday Pops

The Columbus Symphony's 25th Holiday Pops will celebrate the season of hope and joy with a sight-and-sound spectacular, audience sing-alongs of old favorites and the presentation of festive new arrangements. Featuring the Columbus Symphony Chorus, Columbus Children's Choir, BalletMet performers, and Santa! Be sure to reserve your seats now and share this classic performance with your family and friends.

Tickets are going fast--three performances only at the Ohio Theatre: December 5 at 8 p.m., December 6 at 8 p.m., and December 7 at 3 p.m. (For the Sunday show, bring your kids and camera and meet Santa after the matinee performance.) Tickets start at $18. Call (614) 228-8600, or visit