Children’s book about Madeleine Pickens will help mustangs

By Chase Rheam

February 16, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. — An author is aiming not only to educate and entertain youth, but also to help the plight of mustangs.

Former Stillwater resident Karen Bale-Brown, who now lives in Anchorage, Alaska, is set to release her newest children’s book, “The Preschool Professors Meet Madeleine and the Mustangs,” to online retailers and selected bookstores Tuesday.

Bale-Brown said the idea came about when her daughter attended a 2009 football game between Oklahoma State University and the University of Colorado. The halftime of that game featured a presentation from Saving America’s Mustangs, a foundation of Madeleine Pickens, wife of oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens.

Saving America’s Mustangs holds events that help raise awareness of preserving America’s wild mustang population.

Bale-Brown’s daughter told her about the show, prompting her to search for video of the event.

“I watched it and then I started seeing the images around it and it was awful, what was happening to the mustangs,” said Bale-Brown. “I get choked up now.”

She decided she wanted to help the cause. She wrote up a draft of the book and sent it to the foundation. She asked, should her publisher agree, if she could give the money from sales to Saving America’s Mustangs. She said the foundation agreed and gave her permission to use Pickens’ name and likeness in the book. Her publisher also agreed.

According to Bale-Brown’s website, in the book “the children set off on an exciting adventure into the Wild West with Miss Madeleine, who is their guide through the live mustang museum.”

Bale-Brown eventually met Pickens at another OSU home football game.

“She was so excited about the book and I hate to speak for her, but from appearances, she was very excited about the book,” Bale-Brown said about Pickens. “She gave me a big hug, and we visited for quite some time. She’s extremely gracious.”

The book is available only at until Tuesday.

Karen and Madeleine

For more information on Bale-Brown and the Preschool Professors books, visit