We learned months ago that a new children’s book by Mark Twain was in the works. titled “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” the book is a children’s fairy tale based on bedtime stories Samule Clemens told to his children. He left notes for a mnauscript, which has been developed into a new book by author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning “A Sick Day for Amos McGee.”
The Twain story tells about a forlorn and friendless boy who meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune. He is able to speak with animals and he embarks on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. The protagonist and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.
The book is being published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin/Random House.
Hartford hosts a parade starting at City Hall at noon on Tuesday, September 26, to honor the publication.
At 4:15 p.m., Kara Sundlun, co-host of WFSB/Channel 3’s “Better Connecticut” and an ambassador of The Mark Twain House & Museum, will read the entire book aloud at the museum.