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The Story of Babar is essentially the tale of a country boy who comes to the city and, while there, comes of age. In the end, he returns home to share his knowledge and experiences with family and friends. The beautiful, delightfully detailed illustrations--de Brunhoff was a painter by trade--never fail to amuse. (Although none of the characters seem to notice, the sight of Babar in a suit leaning against the mantel while he regales his audience with tales of the jungle is plainly hilarious.) All of the Babar books are notable for their ability to tell larger stories with simplicity and style, and The Story of Babar is no exception. Potentially troubling moments--the death of Babar's mother, for example--are handled with taste, emphasizing Babar's unique gift for uncovering a silver lining in the most persistent of clouds. (Ages 4 to 8, though the cursive writing makes it best for reading aloud.)
A gift for the daughter of a friend on the birth of her first son.Published 17 days ago by christopher swaner
Perfect gift for my friend's new baby -- on fleek with his elephant themed bedroom -- and a classic story.Published 1 month ago by K. Mack
I loved this book when I was a little girl and now I'm reading it to my son. He loves it, too. 😍Published 3 months ago by Melissa Lemay
LOVE Babar from my youth. I bought this as a gift, and it is a sturdy hardcover book with the beautiful illustrations I remember.Published 3 months ago by Elle
I grew up obsessed with Babar, but it's definitely been a while since I've actually read a Babar book. So it was a bit of a surprise to find myself thinking "What is this? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ronelle Lee