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The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant

By Kevin McCaffrey, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

An old-fashioned but well-told story.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Slightly odd depiction of women - Babar meets a rich old lady who just gives him anything he wants for no reason at all, and then he leaves her alone to go home and be a king and marry his cousin (whose outfit looks like a little girl, so that's odd and a bit creepy). A hunter shoots Babar's mother and Babar is scared. They don't harp on it, but if your little one is sensitive, it could be stressful. On the plus side, the illustrations are cute, the pace and flow of the story is excellent, and it's Babar. :) I'm hoping some of the subsequent book are more straightforward adventure stories.

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This book's simple charm lies in its innocence, its matter-of-fact presentation of life, its value system, and its celebration of flexibility, wonder, acceptance, hard work, and making others happy. First published in 1933, this book has become a classic beloved by generations of parents and children. Its long staying power attests to its value, and yet, in retrospect, one suspects it would not be published if it were offered to editors today.

The detailed primary-color chromatic art and line drawings are reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's classic Goodnight Moon. So many children, their children, and their children's children who have enjoyed this book and all the others by Jean de Brunhoff for so long know that not everything in life has to make sense, but that trying to behave sensibly has its rewards.

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