The Loire Valley Inspiration

Bun E. Boniface® sits on the castle wall in Saumur, France overlooking the Loire River--the inspiration for the bilingual childen's series THE TALES OF BUN E. BONIFACE®
Bun E. Boniface® au bord de la Loire à Saumur, FRANCE

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.