Inspiration in France's Loire Valley
Au bord de la Loire à Saumur

In the summer of 2001, author & musician Cynthia S. Wildridge sequestered herself in a remote village in France’s Loire Valley to write a “serious” book and a choral composition.

Instead, immersed in that quiet, simple beauty—with a bicycle at her disposal and Bun E. by her side—she was inspired to create a new bilingual children’s series, The Tales of Bun E. Boniface®.

Enlisting the help of her 10-year old niece Alyssa A. Wildridge, whose watercolor illustrations add such charm to the book, Bun E. Learns to Count in French / Bun E apprend à compter was launched in late 2003—and with it, an entirely new chapter in language education.