Madonna reached out to a new generation of fans today (Sept. 15), launching her children's book "The English Roses" simultaneously in 100 countries and 30 languages in an unprecedented publishing blit

Madonna reached out to a new generation of fans today (Sept. 15), launching her children's book "The English Roses" simultaneously in 100 countries and 30 languages in an unprecedented publishing blitz. Madonna, who caused a sensation in 1992 with her book of erotic photographs, "Sex," said her new venture was inspired by her studies into kabbalah, an esoteric offshoot of Judaism.

"The distance covered between these two publications is too vast and complex to be explained in a few words. Suffice it to say that my vision of the world and of my responsibilities have enormously changed," she said in a statement.

"Having children sets off a chain reaction of questions and answers to seek. I found answers when I started studying kabbalah seven-and-a-half years ago," Madonna added. The pop diva said she would donate all profits from the sale of the books to children's causes.

Madonna read extracts from "The English Roses" at a children's tea party in London yesterday and went to Paris to officially unveil the book, a tale of four young girls who exclude the lonely Binah from their friendship.

The tome, the first in a series of five, features whimsical illustrations by Jeffrey Fulvimari, best known for his work for fashion publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. It is being touted as the biggest multi-language release in publishing history.

"We're going to have a new generation of children who may very well think of Madonna as a children's book author first," said Nicholas Callaway, president of the New York-based Callaway Editions, which is coordinating the global release.

Madonna, whose favorite books as a child included "Charlotte's Web" and "Alice in Wonderland," said her books aim to teach children to overcome negative feelings. The next book, "Mr. Peabody's Apples," will be released on Nov. 15.


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