The Story of Babar

Author: Jean De Brunhoff
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780394805757
Release Date: 1960
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

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

Babar the King

Author: Jean De Brunhoff
Publisher:
ISBN: 1946963119
Release Date: 2018-02-28
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Facsimile of 1933 Edition. New English Translation especially for this edition. Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937) was a French writer and illustrator and creator of the Babar books, the first of which appeared in 1931. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff's wife, CÉcile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant Babar whose mother is killed by a hunter. Babar escapes, and in the process leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. Just as he returns to his community of elephants, their king dies from eating a bad mushroom. Because of his travels and civilization, Babar is appointed king of the elephant kingdom. He marries his cousin, and they subsequently have children and teach them valuable lessons. In Babar the King, the third installment in this series, Babar and his family lead the elephants as they build a magnificent city: Celesteville. Life is peaceful and contented, everyone has a job to do, and celebrations are frequent. But one fateful day a snake bites the Old Lady and Babar fears that he may lose his oldest friend. Illustrated in full color by the author.

Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff

Author: Ann Meinzen Hildebrand
Publisher: Twayne Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015025380141
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Literary Criticism

In 1931 Jean de Brunhoff introduced French children to a little elephant by the name of Babar, a gentle, charming character whose journey from orphaned forest dweller to dapper, convivial sophisticate is chronicled in L'Histoire de Babar, the first in a series of stories that has captivated children the world over. In this book and the six that followed, de Brunhoff created an idyllic world in which Babar, wearing spats and driving a little red convertible, marries, has children, travels extensively, and is eventually crowned king of the elephants, all the while espousing a quintessentially French ideal--bonheur--and placing a high premium on family affection, discipline, and benevolence. Laurent de Brunhoff finished some of the manuscripts left incomplete on his father's death in 1937 and then wrote Babar stories of his own, continuing a storytelling legacy in which the perplexities of modern living are always reconciled with traditional values. The rendering of situations in which aplomb and elegance occur simultaneously with action and adventure is the hallmark of the de Brunhoffs' illustrations, so distinct with their bold lines and primary colors. In her unique study of the Babar milieu, Ann Meinzen Hildebrand looks at the de Brunhoffs' complete works, analyzing the thematic development of the stories and commenting on the essential role of the illustrations. Acknowledging the differences between the work of father and son, Hildebrand attributes the series' continuing popularity to the way in which both artists have created an elephant cosmos that is a mirror of real and ideal life. She shows how de Brunhoff pere et fils have eschewed simple "animal fantasy" for fascinating characters who respond to everyday situations, both tragic and frivolous, thoughtfully and act on the principles of perseverance, patience, hope, and courage. Hildebrand's comprehensive study establishes the genius of the de Brunhoffs and explains how one kindly, nondidactic elephant in a derby hat has become such a socializing force for young readers.

Babar and Father Christmas

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Publisher: Egmont Books (UK)
ISBN: 1405238224
Release Date: 2007-11-29
Genre: Babar (Fictitious character)

Babar and Father Christmas is the perfect gift for the Babar fan. The exquisite Babar stories have charmed readers around the world for 70 years. All books are illustrated in full colour, with Jean de Brunhoff's original drawings.

Babar s Travels

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Publisher: Egmont Books (UK)
ISBN: 1405238208
Release Date: 2007-11-29
Genre: Babar (Fictitious character)

This charming French illustrated classic follows the adventures of the world’s best-loved elephant, Babar. “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.” Jean de Brunhoff’s tales of Babar have charmed readers around the world for 80 years. His stories have followed the king of the elephants as he builds a city, founds a family and even meets Father Christmas. Tested by difficult trials – from snakes to fire to runaway prams – he always comes out on top, with the help of patience, determination and, on one memorable occasion, a flight of winged elephants. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children’s books and on TV.

Babar and Zephir

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0394805798
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

When the monkey princess, Isabelle, is kidnapped by the horned monster Polomoche, everyone is very worried, but Zephir, Babar's monkey friend, is certain that he can save the princess.

Babar

Author: Laurent de Brunhoff
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
ISBN: 0810948370
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Each of Celeste's children has made or chosen a special gift for Mother's Day except Isabelle, who describes to her father Babar what she would like to give her mother, and he finds a way to make it happen.

Babar at Home

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Publisher: Egmont Books (UK)
ISBN: 1405238216
Release Date: 2007-11-29
Genre: Babar (Fictitious character)

A charming classic picture book following the adventures of Babar the elephant. Becoming king of his people isn’t always easy for Babar the elephant. There are close encounters with snakes, fires and even runaway prams, but his patience and determination always help him to win the day. Jean de Brunhoff’s exquisite Babar stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and they are as cherished today as ever in this beautiful gift book format.

Babar and the Runaway Egg

Author: Ellen Weiss
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
ISBN: 0810948389
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Birds

Babar and the children go for a walk in the country, enjoying the wonders of springtime. Isabelle notices that an egg has escaped from its nest. The mother bird, Babar, and everyone else give chase to the runaway egg. Full color.

Babar

Author: Jean de Brunhoff
Publisher: Crescent
ISBN: 0517052075
Release Date: 1990-12-16
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Babar consoles Flora on the loss of her goldfish by telling her about the time he adopted a warthog, the pet of Lady Rataxes, whose husband had deliberately lost it in the jungle.