Bambino and Mr. Twain by Priscilla Maltbie

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Mark Twain's Cat

After the death of his beloved wife, Samuel Clemens—known to his fans as Mark Twain—holed himself up in his house, too sad to face the outside world. His constant companion in his grief was Bambino, his daughter Clara’s cat. Despite the pleas of his daughter Jean and the well wishes of his friends and admirers, Sam could not find joy in life. His only peace was in the moments he spent with the curious cat.

Then one day Bambino got out of the house to chase a squirrel and didn’t come back. Distraught, Sam placed an ad in the newspaper offering a reward for Bambino’s return. Many people with many cats came to his door. The world wanted to cheer up Mark Twain. No cat but Bambino could console the great writer, however.

Rich, luminous illustrations highlight this friendship of a man and his cat in a time of great sorrow and through his healing. Nothing compares to the solace of a pet.

About Priscilla Maltbie

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P.I. Maltbie writes biographical stories and articles focusing on issues related to disabilities. Picasso and Minou is her first children's book. She lives in Long Beach, California.Daniel Miyares illustrated Neil Sedaka's children's book Waking Up Is Hard to Do. He lives in Roeland Park, Kansas.
Published February 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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True story: When Bambino escaped from an open window, the devastated Twain put a “LOST: MARK TWAIN’S CAT” ad in the paper and offered a reward for his safe return… a move that spawned such a heartwarming public response (and influx of cats) that he cast off his housecoats and rejoined the world i...

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Portland Book Review

That part is true, but this story is how a cat named Bambino got Mr. Twain to see the folly of shutting himself off from his friends and admirers.

Mar 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Bambino and Mr. Twain

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