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Babar and Father Christmas (Babar Books (Random House)) Hardcover – September 25, 2001

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A trio of reissues bring back the beloved elephant in a starring role. The last book to be published before his death, Jean de Brunhoff's Babar and Father Christmas (1940) follows the hero in search of Santa as he attempts to bring Yuletide cheer to Elephants' country. A few spreads were finished by de Brunhoff's then 12-year-old son Laurent.

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"If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A. A. Milne in his preface to "The Story of Babar". "And if you have never loved elephants, you will love them now." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Babar Books (Random House)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375814442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375814440
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was originally published in 1940 and the end notes tell us that it was the last one written by Jean de Brunhoff before his untimely death at age 37. The story and line drawings were finished but the illustrations still needed to be colored. Jean's brother took care of that with the help of Jean's son who was only 12 years old when his father died. I like the fact that Jean's son had a hand in the coloring of this wonderful story of a father's love and special efforts on behalf of his children at Christmastime.
This book has all the lively and humorous characteristics of the other Babar the Elephant stories, the brightly colored, warm and friendly drawings of our beloved elephant royalty, the antics and adventures of the elephants themselves and of course, our hero, King Babar once again, saving the day, in this book, a most important day, Christmas!
Arthur, Pom, Flora and Alexander, the royal elephant children , together with their monkey pal, Zephir, write Father Christmas a wish list letter and are disappointed when they don't get a reply. This ultimately leads to Babar's realization that the Elephants' Country needs to be included in Santa's regular route, so he goes to heroic lengths to make his childrens' wishes come true. Babar and Father Christmas become fast friends and Father Christmas even gets to take a much needed rest in the tropical climate of Babar's country. The way de Brunhoff has drawn Father Christmas is quirky and jolly and rather different from the image we have of him today but entirely captures the essence of this wonderful holiday icon. If you have loved other Babar stories or if this is your first, you are sure to love it and make it a part of your Christmas tradition.
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Babar and Father Christmas is such a wondeerful Christmas Story. Santa Claus Gave us a copy for christmas a long time ago. In this book, Babar's Children heard about father christmas from somebody. They write him a letter and ask him to come to Celestesville. Father Christmas forgot to write back, so King Babar goes to man's country and looks for him, finally finds him at the north pole. We want to buy a copy as a gift. Please ask the publisher to reprint it.
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I am 37 and still have this book from my childhood. (Sadly I think my mom gave away my other Barbar books but this one escaped) I keep it with the Christmas stuff and read it every year. Cute story about babar meeting father Christmas. Just different enough of a st nick description to be fun but not so off as to make children question the existence of Santa Claus. Bright beautiful illustrations.
I recently bought another copy for my niece.
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This was a Christmas gift, and I wish the hardcover version were a bit higher-quality. The pages are very thin, and you can see through them to the next page. I think many people buy this as a gift or a keepsake book, so it's a bummer that the quality feels a little cheap.

The book itself - the content and illustrations - are wonderful; I remember it from my childhood.
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Nice Christmas book for a non Christian home too- there's no Jesus or religion. It's a book about how daddy Babar has to help Father Christmas. V sweet and appropriate for our non religious semi Jewish home :)
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My daughter is babysitting for a bright but difficult four year old. The travels of this kingly elephant and his family, along with the intricate illustrations really hold the child's interest. This is a beautiful, over-size book that I hope always remains in print. The blend of the fantastical and the practical is wonderful.
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pommes frittes, the eiffel tower, m-83, babar - sometimes the french just plain get it right. a lot of copy for today's standards but stick with it - it's worth it - a charmer. really takes me back to my childhood as a french school boy in short pants. just kidding.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a hard cover book with simple and beautiful illustrations. Although it was written a long while ago,it has a charming storyline about the elephant kingdom receiving gifts from Father Christmas. Suitable for sharing with youngsters of any age.Babar and Father Christmas
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