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Jean De Brunhoff - Children's Author


Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937) is considered to be one of the greatest picture book authors in history.

Babar began as a story told by his wife, Cécile de Brunhoff, to their two young sons, Laurent and Mathieu, of a little elephant whose mother is shot by hunters and then moves to Paris in search of a new home. The boys so loved the story they asked their father Jean, an artist, to create some drawings of the elephant he named Babar.  The first Babar book, The Story of Babar was published in France in 1931 and was an instant success and Jean de Brunhoff went on to write 6 more Babar books.

After his untimely death in at the early age of 37 his son Laurent continued writing and illustrating the tales of Babar which now includes numerous books, films and an animated television series.

Babar celebrates his 80th Anniversary in November 2012 which will be marked by the publication of a new title, Babar's Celesteville Games, inspired by the Olympics.  The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will run an exhibition featuring Babar memoribillia and there will be a new animated television series on Disney TV.




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Classic Tales of Babar
Classic Tales of Babar
Jean De Brunhoff
Babar - Celebrating 80 years! A very welcome return to two classic stories about Babar, a baby elephant born in the Great Forest who flees to the city after his mother is shot by cruel hunters. Here he is adopted...
Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | Children's Classics
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2012
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The Story of Babar
The Story of Babar
Jean De Brunhoff
2013 celebrates 80 years of Babar Tales published into English. Meet Babar, a loveable elephant who leaves the jungle for adventures in the big city and makes it all the way to becoming King of the Elephants.  The lovely pictures and...
Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2008
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