Parents' Guide to

Babar the King

By Kevin McCaffrey, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Elephant monarch establishes kingly credentials.

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Jean de Brunhoff uses simple, direct language that communicates understanding and acceptance of life as it happens. There is much to observe in Babar's story: He picks a happy, beautiful spot to build his city, which concerns the fish there, but other animals smooth the way. The elephants work industriously and enjoy the fruits of their labor. In a reminder of how the world should work, they each pick jobs that will aid others.

Ever mindful of a child's concerns, de Brunhoff includes in Babar's worried, restless night a disturbing dream that nevertheless foretells that everything will turn out right. Kids process ideas in books wisely and alertly, and de Brunhoff has respect for these qualities. Knowing he was dying of tuberculosis, he wished to pass on to his own children an unflinching sense of tragedy and triumph, responsibility and acquiescence. His graceful vision makes you long to have met him, but at least through his books, another generation can fall under his sway.

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