November 30 Birthday: A BRILLIANT STREAK: THE MAKING OF MARK TWAIN

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

A BRILLIANT STREAK: THE MAKING OF MARK TWAIN
by Kathryn Lasky
illustrated by Barry Moser
(Harcourt, 1998)

In this beautifully illustrated biography, Mark Twain’s adventures as a
young boy come to life. Before Samuel Clemens became a famous author, he
enjoyed one of the longest childhoods in history. From playing hooky in
Hannibal, Missouri, to piloting steamboats on the Mississippi River,
Mark Twain’s adventures as a youth influenced his entire life and
figured prominently in his writing. Focusing on the first half of
Clemens’s life, this book will be enjoyed by longtime Twain
devotees–and by those who seek a colorful introduction to the
ever-popular author and his works.

November 30: Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain): BAMBINO AND MR. TWAIN

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

BAMBINO AND MR. TWAIN
by Priscilla Maltbie
Illustrated by Daniel Miyares

LOST
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.

November 30, 1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN BY HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

 THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN BY HUCKLEBERRY FINN
by Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by Barry Blitt
(Atheneum Books, 2011)

Everyone knows the story of the raft on the Mississippi and that ol’
whitewashed fence, but now it’s time for youngins everywhere to get
right acquainted with the man behind the pen. Mr. Mark Twain! An
interesting character, he was…even if he did sometimes get all gussied
up in linen suits and even if he did make it rich and live in a house
with so many tiers and gazebos that it looked like a weddin’ cake. All
that’s a little too proper and hog tied for our narrator, Huckleberry
Finn, but no one is more right for the job of telling this picture book
biography than Huck himself. (We’re so glad he would oblige.) And, he’ll
tell you one thing—that Mr. Twain was a piece a work! Famous for his
sense of humor and saying exactly what’s on his mind, a real satirist he
was—perhaps America’s greatest. Ever. True to Huck’s voice, this
picture book biography is a river boat ride into the life of a real
American treasure.

See The Mark Twain House & Museum for more information about Samuel Clemens. 

November 30 Birthday: AMERICAN BOY: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN

Mark Twain

November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

AMERICAN BOY: THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN

by Don Brown

(Houton Mifflin, 2006)

Our popular image of Mark Twain is of a gruff, gray-haired eccentric,

the outspoken literary giant who created enduring novels such as The

Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But

once upon a time, Mark Twain was a boy named Samuel Clemens. His birth

on November 30, 1835, coincided with the appearance of Halley’s comet,

streaking across the sky. A dreamer, a prankster, a lover of great

tales, Sam Clemens spent his boyhood years living out adventures on the

banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

Learn more about Mark Twain by visiting the Mark Twain House & Museum website.

November 29 Birthday: THE LIFE OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

Louisa May Alcott
November 29, 182 – March 6, 1888

LOUISA: THE LIFE OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
illustrated by Bethanne Andersen
(Henry Holt and Co, 2009)

When Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published in 1868 it
was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the
novel, but there’s a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came
from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching
when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This
informative biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who
left an indelible mark on literature for all ages.

For more information about Louisa May Alcott, see the Louisa May Alcott Orchard House website.