- Called “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,” it is the story of a young boy who eats a flower sprouted by a magical seed and gains the ability to talk to animals.
- Bird said he spotted Twain’s notes on the story while visiting the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California at Berkeley in 2011. A noted Twain scholar and author of “Mark Twain and Metaphor” (University of Missouri Press, 2007), Bird quickly recognized their significance.
Winthrop University, "English Professor John Bird Discovers Never-Before-Published Mark Twain Children’s Story" (2017). Winthrop News 2017. 18.