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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine (edition 2017)

by Mark Twain (Author), Erin Stead (Illustrator)

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Title:The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
Authors:Mark Twain (Author)
Other authors:Erin Stead (Illustrator)
Info:Doubleday Books for Young Readers (2017), 160 pages
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Spun from some fragmentary journal notes regarding a bedtime fairy tale Mark Twain had told his daughters in 1879, 'The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine' tells of an impoverished lad and his adventures with a chicken. A random act of kindness shown an old blind woman results in Johnny's being given some magical blue seeds, which lead to a further odyssey involving a skunk and a variety of animals in search of the missing title prince. -- Charming story with traces of Twain's wit and insight, as completed by a Caldecott-winning author Philip Stead and beautifully illustrated by Stead's Caldecott-winning wife Erin. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
Exceptional illustrations and a folkloric, sometimes tongue-in-cheek story, with humorous dialogue between Philip Stead and "Mark Twain." I loved the chicken "Pestilence and Famine" - long-suffering and loyal to Johnny. The history of the story is interesting, too. ( )
  bookwren | Apr 30, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553523228, Hardcover)

A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip Stead and Erin Stead.
 
In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. After the girls chose a picture from a magazine to get started, Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now.
 
Plucked from the Mark Twain archive at the University of California at Berkeley, Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later. With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work:
 
Johnny, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.
 
Illuminated by Erin Stead’s graceful, humorous, and achingly poignant artwork, this is a story that reaches through time and brings us a new book from America’s most legendary writer, envisioned by two of today’s most important names in children’s literature.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:00:38 -0500)

"Based on a set of unfinished Mark Twain notes for a children's story, this is the tale of Johnny, a young boy with a magical ability to speak to animals who sets off to rescue a stolen prince"--

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