The purloining of Prince Oleomargarine /

by Twain, Mark [author.]; Stead, Philip Christian [author.]; Stead, Erin E [illustrator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, [2017]Edition: First edition.Description: 151 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.ISBN: 9780553523225; 0553523228.Subject(s): Human-animal communication -- Fiction | Human-animal communication -- Juvenile fiction | Animals -- Fiction | Animals -- Juvenile fiction | Kidnapping -- Juvenile fiction | Princes -- Juvenile fiction | Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction | Fairy tales | Fiction | Humorous fiction | Juvenile works | Fairy tales | Humorous fictionSummary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children's story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip Stead and Erin Stead. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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-<br> <br> 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 thatgenerosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.<br> <br> 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.

"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"-- Provided by publisher.

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From Twains notes on a bedtime tale spun for his children, Philip Stead develops a folktale-like American story with heaping dollops of nonsense. It involves our hero, the orphaned Johnny (whom illustrator Erin Stead envisions as a young African American boy); his pet chicken; a handful of blue seeds given to him by an old woman after he is kind to her; and of course a life-expanding journey for its protagonist. After eating a flower grown from one of the beautiful and plain seeds, Johnny can understand animal language. He is able to communicate with a group of animals who build the almost-starving boy a home and create a bountiful feast. A wise skunk named Susy (the name of one of Twains daughters) helps Johnny make sense of it all. When they spy a handbill on a tree in the forest--Reward: Prince Oleomargarine Is Missing! Giants Suspected!--Susy encourages Johnny to be brave and search for the missing prince. The story meanders but maintains wry humor throughout and provides timely commentary on human nature. Interludes of imagined conversations between Philip Stead and my friend Mark Twain lend insight into the creative process behind this unconventional tale. The tenderness of Erin Steads pictures (created with wood carving, ink, pencil, and a laser cutter) invites a childs contemplation of tiny but meaningful details, such as a spider dangling from a soldiers spear. Twain and the two Steads have created what could become a read-aloud classic, perfect for families to enjoy together. susan dove lempke (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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