Madeleine's Light

A Story of Camille Claudel

By Natalie Ziarnik; Robert Dunn (Illustrator)
Boyds Mills Press, Hardcover, 9781590788554, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 2012

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Camille Claudel, the famous sculptor, has come to work at Madeleine's family inn, far from the distractions of Paris. Madeleine, who has secret aspirations as an artist herself, is fascinated by this remote and somewhat unfriendly guest. Slowly the persistent girl and the secretive sculptor form a bond that leads to beautiful surprises for both artist and child. In this uplifting story, with charming illustrations by Robert Dunn, Natalie Ziarnik imagines how Madeleine Boyer, a real girl, became the inspiration for La Petite Chatelaine (The Little Lady), one of Camille Claudel's finest creations.

About the Author
Natalie Ziarnik, who edits the "By the Book" column for Public Libraries magazine, is head of the children's department at the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois. During a year in France, she was introduced to the work of Camille Claudel and was fascinated by the friendship between Claudel and Madeleine Boyer. She lives in Barrington, Illinois.

Robert Dunn studied illustration at Glasgow's College of Building and Printing. He lives in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
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