After Election, Madonna Tries to Stay Upbeat

November 10, 2004

The moral of Madonna's new children's book is simple and  positive: "Everything that happens is for the best." Now the singer who is  constantly embroiled in controversy is trying to practice what she preaches to  kids.
 In an interview with ABC Radio, Madonna said she's doing her  best to get over her disappointment at the outcome of the presidential  election and focusing on her new book, 'The Adventures of Abdi,' the story of  a little boy who must deliver the world's most precious necklace to the queen.  
 'In terms of the elections, I don't agree with so many things and  the decisions that George Bush has made and I'm not happy with the situation  in Iraq," she told ABC Radio's Andrea Dresdale. "I do believe that the  American public has been manipulated to a great degree."  
 Nevertheless, Madonna - who had urged fans at her concerts to see  Michael Moore's controversial, anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" - says  she's not going to sit around "moaning and groaning."
 'In the end,  we have to say, "OK, we didn't win, but There's other ways to fix the  problems, so now what else can I do to help?"

 Madonna also says  There's no need to bury the hatchet with Elton John, who recently accused her  of charging concertgoers outrageous prices to see her lip-synch, an allegation  she's denied. Madonna says there was never a rift between the two performers.  "There was never a hatchet for me in the first place," she said. "I always  thought of him as a friend. I think he was just having a bad day when he said  those things and I never really took it personally."
 She said the  media blew the whole thing out of proportion. "The press made a bigger deal  out of it than I did," she said. "I don't really care. I don't read the  press."
 Madonna, who's married to British director Guy Ritchie and  lives in England these days, says she invited John to induct her into the U.K.  Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, but he had a previous commitment.
 'I  thought, that would be cool if Elton John gave me the award and then we could  kiss and make up in front of everybody because everybody seems attached to the  idea we're having this feud in the first place," she said.

 Now  the 46-year-old performer is focusing on her latest book, "The Adventures of  Abdi," the story of a little boy who must deliver the world's most precious  necklace to the queen.
 In the story, Abdi is robbed in the desert,  thrown in a dungeon, and has a surprising encounter with a snake. The book,  aimed at readers ages 6 and older, aims to teach kids about the power of  positive energy, Madonna says.
 Her first children's book, "The  English Roses," was an international best seller and made publishing history  with a simultaneous release in 30 languages, becoming the fastest-selling book  ever by a first-time children's author. It was followed by "Mr. Peabody's  Apples," and Madonna says she plans to write a sequel to "Roses."  
 The singer, famous for reinventing her look and sound so many times,  is thrilled by the latest turn in her career. The children's books are  bringing her new fans, and even winning over some people who weren't too  crazy about her music.
 'Oh, I got tons of letters like, "I never  liked her records but I like her books." I'm like, "Thanks a lot," she said,  laughing.
 Her two children - Lourdes, 8, and Rocco, 4 - give her a  lot of feedback on her writing, Madonna says. Lourdes is especially involved.  
 'she comes in when I'm writing and says, "That's a good idea, that's  a stupid idea, that's boring, Mom, Oh, I like that. I want more of that." And  my son likes "Yakov and the Seven Thieves" because he likes bad guys."  
 Lourdes has written a short story for a Christmas book that is being  published for charity in Britain. "I'm incredibly proud," Madonna said. "she has an active imagination and she always writes in her journal."
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