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  • 3 stars across 11 books
    Born in Paris, Jean de Brunhoff was the fourth and last child of a successful publisher. His wife Cecile, whom he married in 1924, was a successful pianist, and also contributed to her husband's success by coming up with the original idea for Babar. The couple had three sons (Laurent, 1925), (Mathieu, 1926) and Thierry (1934), and Babar first appeared as an unnamed baby elephant in a bedtime story told by Cecile to Laurent and Mathieu when they were six and five years old respectively. The next day the boys retold the story to their father, and the expanded and developed result was The Story of Babar (1931).

    De Brunhoff managed to produce a total of seven Babar books before his death at the age of 37. Since then, millions and millions of Babar books have been sold all around the world.
    7th January 2008

    The Story of Babar

    "If you love elephants, you will love Babar and Celeste," writes A. A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh , in his pr... More

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    5th November 2012

    The Classic Tales of Babar

    A charming classic picture book following the adventures of Babar the elephant. This is the story of Babar the Elephant ... More

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    7th January 2008

    Babar and Father Christmas

    Babar and Father Christmas is the perfect gift for the Babar fan. The exquisite Babar stories have charmed readers aroun... More

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    1st May 2012

    Babar and His Family

    Babar and His Family is a lively adaptation of the classic picture book Meet Babar and His Family. Join this royal famil... More

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    7th January 2008

    Babar the King

    This charming series of French illustrated classics follows the adventures of Babar the elephant as he becomes king of h... More

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    7th January 2008

    Babar at Home

    A charming classic picture book following the adventures of Babar the elephant. Becoming king of his people isn't always... More

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    1st September 2008

    The Babar Treasury

    This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, ... More

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    7th January 2008

    Babar's Travels

    A charming classic picture book following the adventures of Babar the elephant. This is the story of Babar the Elephant ... More

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    1st September 2003

    Babar's Gallery

    Everyone who loves art, Babar, or children will love Babar's Gallery. The old train station in Celesteville stands empty... More

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    8th September 2016

    The Babar Collection: Five Classic Stories

    This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, ... More

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