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Madeleine's Light

Natalie Ziarnik, Robert Dunn (Illustrator)


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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 Châtelaine (The Little Lady), one of Camille Claudel's finest creations.

Praise For Madeleine's Light

"Ziarnik creates a fictionalized account of a friendship between sculptor Claudel (1864-1943) and a young girl. . . . A touching story of two kindred spirits and the often-solitary creative process." —Publishers Weekly

"Since little is known about Madeleine's life, debut author Ziarnik imagines her close relationship with Claudel during glorious summers, and she is helped along by Dunn's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which play with light and shadow to effectively capture the French countryside." —Booklist

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590788554, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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. She lives in Barrington, Illinois.