Stock Image

The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

Brunhoff, Jean De

50,474 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0394805755 / ISBN 13: 9780394805757
Published by Random House, NY, 1961
Condition: Very Good
From Carol's Cache (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since May 9, 2006

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 25.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95 Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Translated from the French by Merle S. Haas. Back cover shows wrinkling of plastic cover. Bookseller Inventory # 002229

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

Publisher: Random House, NY

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Glossy Pictorial Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

About this title

Synopsis:

The classic story of literature?s most beloved elephant. 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. Later, with cousins Celeste and Arthur, he returns to the great forest to be crowned King of the Elephants. With the original illustrations from Jean de Brunhoff's 1931 classic, this first Babar story has enchanted generations.

Review:

The Story of Babar--the early adventures of the enduring, endearing elephant--was written in 1931 by French writer Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937). Since then, it has been translated into at least 12 languages. It's amazing how much can happen to one little elephant in the course of one little book: Babar loses his mother to a hunter, wanders into the city, gets a new wardrobe, becomes the hit of high society, marries his cousin CÚleste (totally acceptable in contemporary Elephantine society), and is crowned King of the Elephants.

The Story of Babar is essentially the tale of a country boy who comes to the city and, while there, comes of age. In the end, he returns home to share his knowledge and experiences with family and friends. The beautiful, delightfully detailed illustrations--de Brunhoff was a painter by trade--never fail to amuse. (Although none of the characters seem to notice, the sight of Babar in a suit leaning against the mantel while he regales his audience with tales of the jungle is plainly hilarious.) All of the Babar books are notable for their ability to tell larger stories with simplicity and style, and The Story of Babar is no exception. Potentially troubling moments--the death of Babar's mother, for example--are handled with taste, emphasizing Babar's unique gift for uncovering a silver lining in the most persistent of clouds. (Ages 4 to 8, though the cursive writing makes it best for reading aloud.)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Returns are accepted according to the Abebooks Returns Policy. We respond to all inquiries within 2 to 3 business days. Thanks for your business!


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
U.S. orders - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, money orders and personal checks accepted. Shipping charges are $3.99 for first book, $2.00 for each book thereafter. Heavy and oversized books may incur a higher shipping rate. Books shipped by USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. Priority shipping is $6.50 for first book, $3.00 for each additional book. Insurance is extra and upon request. International Orders - Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, International Money Orders in U.S. Dollars and Personal Checks drawn on a U.S. bank-must be in U.S. dollars. International Shipping rates: $17.50 for first book, $10.00 for each additional book (5-8 days). Heavy or oversized books may incur additional shipping charges.

* Shipping times cannot be guaranteed. They are only estimates based on the carriers' delivery times, and do not include Customs processing. If your order will pass through Customs, please expect a delay.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Money Order PayPal