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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.)
I remember this book from my childhood and also reading it to my own child.
Yes, Babar's mother gets shot by a "wicked hunter" and the king elephant eats a mushroom and dies, and my daughter found these things very sad.
The first thing anyone who grew-up on more modern fare will notice is the delightful and literate prose.
I just rest this for the first time tonight to our young son, and it will be the last time I do. How is this book considered a classic?! Read morePublished 5 days ago by KendraKat
I read this story to my children when they were small. I was so surprised to find this on Amazon. I immediately purchased it to give
to the grandchildren. Read more
I expected this to be the full, original size version of the book. Was slightly disappointed to open the package and see the mini version. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stefani
A favorite from my childhood, which I was delighted to find again. I forgot how weird and trippy the story is, and how delightful the illustrations.Published 3 months ago by Louise Alcorn
There was more damage from use than I expected with writing on the pages and one page was tornPublished 3 months ago by Lucinda Maddox