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Jean De Brunhoff - Author

About the 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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Other books by Jean De Brunhoff

Babar the King

Babar the King

Author: Jean De Brunhoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2018

The Babar Collection Five Classic Stories

The Babar Collection Five Classic Stories

Author: Jean De Brunhoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, Babar, as he becomes king, builds a city, meets Father Christmas and has many other exciting adventures. 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. Jean de Brunhoff's exquisite stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and fans can now cherish a collection of his tales in this beautiful gift book. This edition includes the original introduction by A. A. Milne

Babar and His Family

Babar and His Family

Author: Jean De Brunhoff Format: Board book Release Date: 01/05/2012

Babar and His Family is a lively adaptation of the classic picture book Meet Babar and His Family. Join this royal family on a year full of adventures! Whether they're sailing the summer seas, building snow elephants, or enjoying a surprise ice cream treat with Cousin Arthur, these elephants sure know how to have fun!

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