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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain












The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead
Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2017

If you’re a Mark Twain fan, you’ll love his newest book—yes, his newest!  An incomplete set of notes for a story were uncovered and Philp and Erin Stead were asked to complete the story and bring it to life.

Breaking all traditions, as only Mark Twain can, this 148-page picture book will take you on a meandering journey through a time long ago.  A young, unhappy, yet imaginative, boy, Johnny, sets out to sell his best friend, Pestilence and Famine (a chicken) as directed by his dreary grandfather.  It’s a two to three day walk to the nearest market where a lot can happen, and, with Twain at the helm of the story, it does.  A delight for the ears and the heart when Johnny saves the purloined Prince Oleomargarine and ends up transforming his own life.

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Minerva Louise at School

Minerva Louise at School

Minerva Louise at School
Janet Morgan Stoeke
Dutton Children’s Books, 1996

Minerva Louise at School is about a chicken who goes out for her morning walk and happens upon a new barn (school). She interprets what she sees in her own terms of barn life. She worries about a baby chick (fish) and fluffs up a nest with straw (pencils). It’s a clever book on perspectives and funny in its innocence, for the chicken has no idea the school was meant for children.

This classic story is one of a dozen Minerva Louise books available. The power of Minerva Louise stories is how the illustrations show a story different from the words. Simple, loosely drawn illustrations in bright colors attract the attention of the youngest readers.

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