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The Travels of Babar Hardcover – September 12, 1937
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1) Violent and scary events in the Babar stories which aren't appropriate for toddlers (who aren't the intended audience.) Easy solution: just wait till your kids are 5 or 6 before they get into the Babar stories.
2) Racist depictions in "The Travels of Babar." Racial issues have long been an interest of mine; my mother was an English professor who taught courses on Southern African-American Women's Literature, and in college I took some courses which involved reading many novels by African-Americans (I loved them all... Walker, Morrison, Angelou, Hurston, Raisin in the Sun, Women of Brewster Place, and Manchild in the Promised Land are the ones I most remember. And Kaffir Boy and Cry, the Beloved Country, about South Africa, were also great.) The Invisible Man and The Color of Water are on my "to read" list. Just wanted to share my background for what I have to say here.
"The Travels of Babar" was written in 1934 in France, when the "darky" icon was common, and it certainly was a very offensive racist depiction -- and still is, to those who know what it is. But I grew up reading this book in the 70s, raised by white parents who were active in the Civil Rights movement, and I never made ANY connection between that fictional tribe in the book and any real people. First, the cannibals are on an island and nowhere does it mention Africa.Read more ›
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This is the real Babar. It is from 1934 and has a European leaning of that period. The story line is superior to the overly sugary stories which are in no way reflective of life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Persop
I'm going to disagree with something one of the other reviewers here said. Do depictions of black people as savage cannibals result in a young reader internalising negative... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Jane Williamson
The plot is fast-paced and interesting. The art is great. The diction is quicky (being written by a Frenchman). I love it.Published on September 23, 2013 by Scara Jerk