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 sent this book to my 4 year-old granddaughter. I had Babar books when I was a child and truly loved them. I hope I can pass some of my past delights to her as she matures.Published 1 month ago by Brandy DiFauda
A good children's book that should be in any child's library. Like The Adventures of Tin Tin, The Story of Babar is a timeless classic.Published 2 months ago by Timothy Partelow