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Babar Comes to America Hardcover – August 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar and his family alive for more than 50 years. Originally created by Laurent’s mother as a bedtime story, Babar the elephant first came to life through the art of Laurent’s father, Jean de Brunhoff, who produced seven books about the character before his untimely death. Building on his father’s original framework, Laurent has gone on to provide many new adventures for the elephant family while giving them new spirit through his use of line and color. Laurent de Brunhoff lives in Connecticut with his wife, writer Phyllis Rose.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a child, I read Babar in French, hence wanted to introduce my children to this lovable elephant. Babar Comes to America was published in 1965 and this is a reprint of that edition. It is about an official visit that Babar makes to visit the President of the United States, and while in the U.S., he vacations with his family in some of its cities.

Babar first visits Washington DC, then goes to New York and Boston (to get a degree from Harvard). From there he goes to Detroit where he visits an automobile assembly plant, and to Chicago where he fishes in Lake Michigan. From Chicago he goes to San Francisco, the Pacific Coast, Yosemite Park, Death Valley, and Los Angeles. There he visits Hollywood and Disneyland and goes to see the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Black Angus cattle (in Texas), and the French Quarter (in New Orleans) before returning to New York. In New York, he watches a football game and experiences Thanksgiving dinner before returning home.

De Brunhoff illustrates the consequences of over-eating when Babar does so during his time in New York and when Pom overeats in San Francisco. The illustration and the text constantly and subtly bring out the challenges of being well...big! This is done without a hint of discrimination, only consideration.

My nine-year-old read the book to his younger brother while Dad and Mom made up the audience. We first had to get past the fact that Babar is a "smaller" elephant (so he can fit in cars and other human creations); hence, he is drawn as slightly bigger than most humans are. My son commented that the bus fare in New York is not 15 cents. He also had no idea what a drive-in movie theater is, so there was supplemental learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ishir Bhan on November 28, 2010
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Though some of the content is getting a bit dated, this book continues to work well and doesn't contain anything so out of date that it is overtly offensive (there's a remark about women not being allowed to ride on the outside of trolley cars in San Francisco, however). We already had The Babar Collection: Five Classic Stories, which I highly recommend, but this story is not included in that collection.
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Format: Hardcover
Babar the Elephant books by Laurent de Brunhoff have captured a wide imagination, and this new reprint of a classic gives librarians the ability to replace or acquire aging classics with nice new hardcovers. De Brunhoff's BABAR COMES TO AMERICA tells of an invitation to meet with the President of the United States: another good excuse for a family vacation. Their first visit to America is captured in a fine reprint of the 1965 classic which appears for the first time in many years.
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By RTO on February 27, 2013
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I love this book. Babar comes to America and visits all of the usual tourist attractions, with which all of us are familiar.
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Of course it met with my expectations, I have loved Babar and his family since I was 4 years old. Now I 74 and I still love him.....he's timeless and the illustrations are captivating.
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