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Babar's ABC by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar's ABC (1963)

by Laurent de Brunhoff, Jean de Brunhoff

Series: Babar (4)

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That famous picture-book elephant Babar, who first appeared in 1931 in The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant, presents the alphabet in this educational title for younger children. Each letter is presented with a word beginning with that letter, as well as one or two examples of sentences using such words - Zephir gets jam on his jacket when he juggles the jars" - as the book proceeds from A to Z.

Although not the book I had intended to read - I was looking for a copy of the English translation of the 1934 ABC de Babar, the fourth of seven original Babar books penned by Jean de Brunhoff, but somehow got this 1983 title from de Brunhoff's son Laurent, who has continued his father's work - I did find this a fairly engaging selection, as alphabet books go. The artwork is appealing, especially for fans of Babar, and the examples used are unexceptionable. Sadly, it doesn't look like my library system has the original Jean de Brunhoff alphabet book, so my plan to read all of his original Babar titles has hit a snag. I'd be curious to know what examples the father gave, and how they compare to the son's, but since that isn't possible, I'll be moving on to the next book in the series, Babar and Zephir. ( )
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"Alexander aims his arrow at the apple. A bear reads a book in bed. Celeste wears her crown when she drives her car." From A to Z ("Zephir zips up his sleeping bag zipper"), Babar takes young readers on a trip through the alphabet. Based on the tremendously popular Babar series from Jean de Brunhoff and, later, his son Laurent de Brunhoff, Babar's ABC enlists the help of such beloved characters as Arthur, Cornelius, Pom, and Celeste to guide children on a learning-to-read adventure. Large colored letters, in both upper- and lowercase letters show up bold and bright at the top of each page, with a word that starts with the featured letter just underneath. "Ee," for example, stands for elephant. The full-page illustration below is packed with elephants playing, wrestling, swimming, and walking. An inset picture shows a bunch of bunnies with the caption, "White rabbits have long pink ears and little pink eyes." Fans of the classic The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant will be delighted by the endpapers, which show, instead of the familiar string of elephants zigzagging across the spread, a progression of elephants carting each awkwardly large letter of the alphabet, with the last elephant finally stumbling under the weight of X, Y, and Z. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter

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The residents of Celesteville present the letters of the alphabet, accompanied by words and sentences for each letter.

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