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Babar the King (Babar Books (Random House)) Hardcover – September 12, 1937


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Babar Books (Random House)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 12, 1937)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394805801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394805801
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A. A. Milne in his preface to "The Story of Babar". "And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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I LOVED these as a child and I am thrilled to share them with my children.
R. Baker
I do wish that the publisher still used cursive writing rather than type (it made these books seem more "special" to me) but the stories hold through the test of time.
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The explanation of all the different occupations of the elephants is very interesting to my nearly 6 year old.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By pixiekat@excite.com on December 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I had this book as I was growing up only 14 short years ago and still remember it as a wonderful book and an enjoyable companion to all of the other Babar books. An excellent addition to any child's collection and one they will be sure to treasure and remember for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Cobb on July 11, 2009
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My son is fond of books. I can always tell if he likes a book, because he talks about it after we read it...This book he is still talking about, and I am rereading, and rereading, and rereading .....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shoshana Gottesmann on July 25, 2013
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Perfect harmony between text and drawings, full of humanity, and humor, without denying life's darker sides such as dangers and even death; an infinity of of every-day objects to be pointed out to toddlers and a touching story line for the bigger ones, including all of us who have the good fortune to have stayed young at heart. For ever to be cherished
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on March 11, 2012
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I had not really planned to share the Babar books with my child as I thought of them as being outdated and a bit too depressing for today's kids. However, my son heard about Babar somewhere and was curious so we got Babar the King and The Story of Babar from the library. He could take or leave The Story of Babar but found Babar the King absolutely captivating. The pictures are fabulously detailed and sometimes humorous. The story focuses on the building of Celesteville and the activities of the elephants--going to school, swimming in the lake, celebrating their town, etc. The explanation of all the different occupations of the elephants is very interesting to my nearly 6 year old. There are also some funny parts and a nice message about focusing on the positive at the end. While it doesn't have a traditional plot, it is quite an enjoyable read. It is pretty long, it generally takes us about 25 minutes to read the whole thing. It does have a little drama as well--the Old Lady is bit by a snake and Cornelius's house catches on fire and he is injured so keep that in mind if selecting this for a younger or more sensitive child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Baker on August 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're on the fence about Babar books, don't be. I LOVED these as a child and I am thrilled to share them with my children. Only time will tell if they love them as much as I did, but I'm certainly hoping they do.
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By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2013
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This one is a little tough for young kids. My 2 year old will read Babar the elephant all day, but this one is a little intense for him. Hopefully when he gets older. It's still charming though.
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Format: Hardcover
"Babar the King" by Jean de Brunhoff is a third book in the series that have Babar as main character.

In this book Babar, the King of elephants will decide to establish Celesteville, the beautiful looking city where he will live together with his Queen.

In the city construction activities his trusted companions elephants will help him and after city will be finished everyone are happy playing games.
But after some time accident will happen in which someone close to King will be bitten by a snake.
King Babar will be worried but while sleeping he will find a solution for his problem...

"Babar the King" is nicely drawn book for a bit older pre-school kids that will enjoy its story that anyone can and probably will have problems but that shouldn't discourage her/him to continue working on his luck until it manages to reach it (again).

The only problem kids can have while reading this book are the names of the elephants that are a bit unusual and sometimes difficult to pronounce.

"Babar the King" is nicely designed well-written book with a good message that is most suitable for 5-7 years old kids which due to that can be recommended.
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By Louise on July 5, 2013
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A real classic that I sent my grandchildren - one cannot grow up witout reading Barbar. Am ordering the entire set!
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