Saturday November 18th 1-3pm At Our 18 W 18th St Store: MEET CALDECOTT MEDAILIST ERIN STEAD & PHILIP STEAD

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Books of Wonder is proud to present Caldecott Medalists ERIN STEAD & PHILIP STEAD as they share the new short story from MARK TWAIN The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine at our 18 W 18th Street store.

In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. 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 Caldecott Medalist ERIN STEAD's graceful, humorous, and achingly poignant artwork, this is a story that reaches through time and brings us a new story begun by America's most legendary writer, envisioned and fulfilled by two of today's most talented children's book creators.

Join us at our west 18th Street store on Saturday, November 18th as we welcome Caldecott Medalist ERIN STEAD and author PHILIP STEAD to share their new book, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. So make sure to stop by, starting at 1pm as this award-winning author and artist duo introduces their wonderful take on a newly discovered Mark Twain story, answers questions from the audience, and signs copies of all their wonderful picture books. Ages 8-12. Saturday, November 18th. 1-3pm.

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