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Babar's Little Girl Hardcover – March 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reissue edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

When Babar and Celeste's new baby girl is born, everyone rejoices. What fun it is to watch little Isabelle learn to walk and play trumpet and roller skate... and get lost in the mountains! After the family goes for a walk one day, they discover young Isabelle is missing. Carelessly, Isabelle has forgotten what her papa told her last time she wandered off: never to disappear without telling her family where she is going. Eventually, the little rascal finds herself near the home of old family friends and ends up having a delightful day playing with them, until they see Babar on TV, desperately searching for his daughter. After a thrilling ride on a hang glider, the prodigal daughter returns to the welcoming (if scolding) arms of her family.

Laurent de Brunhoff's exciting Babar adventures, based on his father's original tales and artwork (The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, Babar the King, etc.), continue to thrill readers, generation after generation. The familiar watercolors of this beloved elephant family are as appealing as ever, even in a contemporary story that includes CD players with earphones and yoga exercises. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Beloved King Babar and his Queen Celeste have a new addition to the familylittle Isabelle. This is her story, an account of her birth, cradle days, sitting-at-the-dining-table days, walking days, skating days and then running away. She wanders to Blue Valley, crosses the river to the house on the hill where she is welcomed by two gentleman, Boover and Picardee. But after Isabelle sees her father Babar on TV, pleading for her to come back home, her friends fly her home in their hang gliders. This is like any family storyof more interest to surrounding relatives than the world at large. But some readers will want to meet Isabelle and renew friendship with characters from the other, better Babar stories. Ages 48.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bethlovesbooks on February 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just read this story to my four-year old daughter. It's a classic story from this author, nothing "wrong" with it, but you do need to watch out and may want to explain some parts. In the storyline, the girl elephant wanders off by herself and accepts a boatride from a stranger...then she knocks on the door of an unfamiliar house. Two male characters invite her inside and they all play together until they overhear a news alert that Babar is looking for his missing daughter, so they take her home. After reading it, I explained to my daughter that I didn't want her to wander off, accept boat rides from strangers or knock on unfamiliar doors and go inside a stranger's home. This story was written in a simpler era when concerns were a bit different than in today's world.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NPH on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this story to my 3 year old because I remember loving Babar as a child, but I will not read it to her again. The little girl in the story wanders off, accepts rides from strangers, plays in an adult's house all day without her parents knowing where she is, and then when she returns home they all have a good laugh about it. It is at best, teaching a dangerous message to impressionable young kids.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Ames on March 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This delightful story is a complete ego trip for little girls who find themselves the youngest in a family of several siblings. It features many adventures, adoring older children, adoring parents, and a little girl who is the apple of everyone's eye. It also -- a bit subtly -- features beloved family friends who are a same-sex couple. This goes over the heads of the little ones.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mathew A. Shember VINE VOICE on October 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved Babar as a kid. However, I only knew about the first three books. I was happy to see there were more.

This is a sweet little story about the new addition to the family. We get to see Pom, Flora and Alexander have grown and welcome their new sister Isabelle. She is a special child, independent and adventuras much to her families chagrin.

There other the other characters; the old lady, Arthur, Zephir, and Boover and Picardee.

My girl loves this story and I still read it several times a week.

The book is built well and has a good cloth binding that stands well to a 4 year olds use and abuse.
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