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The Story of Babar (1931)

by Jean de Brunhoff

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Series: Babar (1)

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An orphaned baby elephant goes to live in the city with an old lady who gives him everything he wants, but he eventually returns to the forest where he is crowned king of the elephants.

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When a hunter kills his mother, the little elephant Babar is so frightened that he runs away and ends up in a big city. He buys himself some nice clothes and accepts a nice Old Lady’s invitation to live at her house. Time passes, and then Babar has an unexpected meeting with his elephant cousins, who have run away. When their mothers come to fetch them, Babar decides to return to the forest with them, where he will become the king of the elephants.

The story and the lovely illustrations have enchanted generations of children. It doesn’t appeal so much to this adult. There doesn’t seem to be much substance to the story, although I might feel differently about it if I had fond childhood memories of reading it. Also, I don’t like stories where animals die. ( )
  cbl_tn | Aug 3, 2022 |
Odd little childrens book. A minor quibble, elephants live in a matriarchy, so not only is this not educational its actively uneducational :P .
I'm sure there must be some other versions of this book but the one i read had hand-written text!, and in cursive! Even i had issues deciphering a word here or there but i can only imagine the horror on a child's face if they were handed this :lol. And their growing horror if they actually managed to figure out what it says ;) .

There are several dark moments in this which are not well dealt with to say the least. Also Babar is elected King rather than inheriting it, which seems a nice change... until you find out why he in particular is elected. Part of me wants to think it's a biting satire on elections but i suspect not :lol.

The art's still nice though :) . ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
J’ai besoin de practiquer français et ce livre est parfait! ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
I was never a particular fan of Babar. I have a feeling I'd appreciate it more as an adult.
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Printed in blue, incl. illustrations and text. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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Haas, Merle S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Mitten im Urwald ist ein kleiner Elefant auf die Welt gekommen.
In the great forest a little elephant is born.
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