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Meet Babar and His Family Hardcover – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Babar
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810905558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810905559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Illus. in full color. Seasonal activities of King Babar and his elephant family.   --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H Wilkinson on March 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the original, wonderful Babar. It was my favorite as a child (I still have the 1973 original edition) and I am happy to be able to share this gentle story and its beautiful illustrations with my own child today. There is nothing to be afraid of in this book, including the minor boo-boo, which is bloodless and something any child can relate to. The point of this book is not to teach about the seasons, but to enjoy seeing the fun things that the elephants in the charming kingdom of Celesteville do all year. From picking apples to skiing, the family has fun together. Santa doesn't appear in this book, even though one reviewer said otherwise, and I can't imagine why another reviewer said it's really the same as Barney. Nonsense. That is like seeing no difference between a smiley face sticker and a pretty, though simple, painting.

Additionally, Babar is an important French character, and if you want to introduce your child to French culture, this is a good start. This story gives several glimpses of traditions still very much alive in Europe, like buying a cake before coming to tea at a friend's house, and listening to an outdoor orchestra on the plaza in the summertime. An A+ book about the comforts of family, and the joys of life throughout the year.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Meet Babar and His Family was one of her picks.
The Babar books belong in every home with children. If you already know the series, I'm certain that you agree. If you don't know Babar and his family, you should. They represent idealized "family values" as elephants together. Their relationships with others are ideal as well, including their elephant friends, other animal friends, and the Old Lady (a human) who teaches school in Celestville, where they all live. I also like introducing children to a world where animals may have more authority than people do. That can help establish all kinds of interesting new thoughts about our relationship to the natural world.
Meet Babar and His Family has a good balance of illustrations, actions, and story development to keep your youngster's mind occupied while you read to him or her during the preschool years. Later, your child will be reading this and other Babar stories to you. Memorizing what you have read aloud and learning to follow along with the words will be part of that process of learning to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Riddle on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved the Babar books when I was little so I bought them quickly for my three year old daughter. some of the content is a little above a three year olds cognitive ability (ex: death of Babar's mother, children about to get eaten by crodcodile...)...I think better for a 4-5 year old.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paulina G Vizgan on May 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mine is a hardcover edition. The pictures are nice, but a bit small, you have to strain to see little birds in the nests
being fed their worms (in the Spring section). The book is basically a book about seasons, it features Babar and his family in all seasonal activities, but could as easily be Barney,Elmo, or any other character. It has no real story plot, and no drama, like the Story of Babar (my children's favorite). It's nice and educational for 2-3 year olds perhaps, but one shouldn't have to pay 10 bucks to teach about seasons.
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