Hartford to Celebrate New Mark Twain Children’s Book


A new children’s book based on a fairytale Mark Twain told his daughters in the late 1800s is being released today, more than 100 years after the death of the famous author, and Hartford is celebrating with a parade.

A parade starts at Hartford City Hall and continues to the front steps of the Hartford Public Library in celebration of the new book, “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.” 

Twain, who was born in Missouri, made his home in Hartford for more than a decade and this illustrated book tells the story of a poor boy named Johnny, according to the publisher

Johnny is alone except for his pet chicken and meets a woman who gives him magical seeds that change his fortune, allow him to speak with animals and send him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince, according to the publisher.

The story is about generosity, empathy and quiet courage – “gifts more precious in this world than power and gold,” according to the publisher.

The cover price for the hardcover book is $32.99 and the eBook will sell for $14.99.

The news conference begins at noon on the front steps of the Hartford Public Library.

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