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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady.

He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants. Translated from Jean de Brunhoff’s original French, the adventures of the world’s most popular elephant and his friends have enchanted generations. Delightfully amusing illustrations make this short collection of classic Babar tales a book to treasure for children young and old. Hardcover48 pages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Story of Babarplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 06, Brian Yahn rated it did not like it. Aside from endorsing Colonialism, Jean de Brunhoff makes light of death by killing off Babar’s mother on page twoquickly moving on and completely ignoring it.

I’m sorry, but for a child’s mother to die, that’s a pretty big deal, and two pages later, that child shouldn’t be totally over it and having fun riding an elevator and buying new shoes.

He should be morning, or trying to learn how to deal with loss. All of this could maybe be overlooked if The Story of Babar had a positive message, but histora Aside from endorsing Colonialism, Jean de Brunhoff makes light of death by killing off Babar’s mother on page twoquickly moving on and completely ignoring it.

All of this could maybe be overlooked if The Story of Babar had a positive message, but the only take-away seems to be that elephants read Histoia are uncivilized and would do better with city-life read European Colonialism.

Further, the translation isn’t very good. There’s a lot of awkward sentences. The ending doesn’t give any sense of closure. And lastly, the pictures are pretty poorly illustrated. Babar’s adventure is somewhat cute, but it’s just really hard to overlook death, not once, but twice. How is this considered a classic in Children’s literature?? Mar 18, T. I’m not planning to add children’s books to my page, but this one really took my breath away as I read it to my one year old one night.

First of all, Babar’s mother is shot on like page two. There she is lying dead with the gloating hunter holding dr rifle. Little orphan Babar meekly watches on, barely a tear in his elephant eye. However, this isn’t enough to warrant a review. It’s what comes next. Babar’s story then unfolds as some bizarre French colonial wish fulfillment. Babar, followin I’m not planning to add children’s books to my page, but this one really took my breath away as I read it to my one year old re night.


Babar, following his mother’s murder at the hands of white hunters, blithely follows their path back brujhoff the white city. There, he falls bruhoff the trusteeship of a brunhovf grandmotherly lady who helps him get settled into the city.

Without his own mother, Babar is a child of the colonial city, happily learning to dress the dandy and eat french pastries. With the benefits of his education in a civilized country- thank god he’s finally wearing clothes over the wrinkled, sagging, gray elephant skin- Babar ds to the land of his people where, due to his fine duds and worldly ways, is immediately declared king of the naked Afri- I mean- elephants.

Babar returns home, more French than the French, and ready to lead his people on the path to civilization. Thank God, those hunters killed his mother!

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View all 6 comments. Dec brumhoff, Kathryn rated it it was histofia Shelves: I’m afraid this is one children’s classic that I did not like at all upon reading as an adult.

I can appreciate the iconic illustrations and can certainly see why Babar made an enduring character, especially when the books were first published, as probably many children found the antics of an elephant in the city humorous, and dressed in his gentlemanly attire he certainly makes an interesting contrast from the other creatures of the forest. However, I really did not enjoy the story an Oh, dear.

However, I really did not enjoy the story and I don’t think it’s one I will be keen to share with my children. First, the beginning is really shocking. It’s a Bambi tragedy without the subsequent cuteness. Babar’s mother is shot by a hunter and Babar runs off to the city.

There, it seems his first order of business is to don a nice suit and fortunately a kindly old lady who understands elephants gives him some money. She also offers to have him stay with her. At least Babar does miss his mother from time to time, but mostly he seems to love life in the city.

Until he becomes homesick for the forest and dd back, promising to visit the old lady again I hisstoria help but feel sorry for her, after all she did for him. Here we have another sudden death, as the king of the elephants eats a bad mushroom and dies. Babar is appointed the new king because he has so much knowledge from living amongst men. There’s a whirlwind wedding and King Babar and his bride ride off happily in a balloon together.

It’s all just so odd, and I’m not sure I can really explain why the story bothered me the way it did but it was just so abruptly tragic in places, then funny and giddy the next.

Babar’s mother is shot BAM! And I’m not sure how much Brunhfof like the message that elephants need the knowledge of humans to help them be good rulers of elephants. I realize many view the story as an homage to colonialism. I realize Babar is a very beloved character and I wish I could like the books more.

I hope this review does not offend any of those who dearly love babra character and I will have to read some reviews from those who really love the Babar books to see what I might be missing here. But for me this was not a pleasant read and I doubt I will seek out more of the series any time soon. View all 9 comments. Aug 06, Eva Leger rated it liked it Shelves: Get a grip people!

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This is Babar, it’s a book for children for God’s sake. Don’t go to the white people’s city Babar or else I can’t read this to my kids! Tell me that’s not a gun!

That character can’t be huntingcan he? I’d hate to spend a day with these people. I don’t like hunting. I don’t mind guns.

Enough that you all really sat down and thought about what to say like the instances here? My daughter loves Babar. This book is fine. If there’s anyone out there who is thinking about reading it with or getting it for their child renif you’re the type to be scared of by statements like the ones here I hope you’re not for your sake get the book and read it through yourself first. It’s not bad and the people who go off on a tangent here really need mental help IMO.

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You’d think this was a book about Dahmer and how to dismember and eat people. I’m still in shock at some of the sentences I read! Jeez, look through my books that I’ve read with my daughter and I guess I should be in jail. Not to mention the movies and documentaries she watches. There’s more to life than finding fault – nonexistent fault in this case – with everything.

And I feel fine saying this – anyone that can find “faults” like what is listed here needs to lighten up. Enjoy life a little and don’t be so damn uptight.

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Mar 20, Pamela rated it really liked it Shelves: I do not condone colonialism–let me make that clear. However, I do believe, very strongly, that if you do not agree with ideas in–or even hinted at in–a book lx you are reading with your child, it is your responsibility, as the adult, to discuss those ideas. I really doubt that a kid will read this and think, “Gee, that means that French people are superior to people of an African tribe, as represented by elephants, and need the French to guide them in bbar to succeed!

Yes, Brunhofff does go to civilization. Yes, his mom is killed by a hunter Oa with elephants. Yes, he wears clothes. I thought the story was cute. If we want to debate colonialism in French literature and literature for kids, that’s a whole other deal. Kids are going to see a story about an elephant who wears a green suit. I highly doubt that as a result of reading this, they will grow up to be colonialists and proponents of the “white man’s burden” and all of that truly awful stuff.

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