The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff (Hardback)
The classic first story about literature’s most beloved pachyderm. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants. Translated from Jean de Brunhoff's original French, the adventures of the world's most popular elephant and his friends have enchanted three generations. Delightfully amusing illustrations make this short collection of classic Babar tales a book to treasure for children young and old.
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Reading Level: 6+
"This one really took my breath away as I read it to my brother.It all starts after his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He then becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants. This is a wonderful story. The illustrations are just beautiful. It has a sort of Dumbo-esque quality to it with the death of a mother at the beginning. I love that the story is not short you can really get into the complex story line. One thing that I really like about this book is the simplicity of the illustrations and the text. In this way the illustrations in the orientation of the actual words on the page do not conflict with the reading of the story. There is just enough information in the illustrations and in the words for the reader or listener to be able to have a baseline story from which they could construct and elaborate their own ideas. I feel that is a great story about how family can come in any form as long as you are loved."
"My father loved to read this book to me when I was a child. He made it come alive! Reading it today to my first graders it brings back those warm memories...."
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