Babar and Father Christmas

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Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s ...
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Overview

Babar returns in this unusual and heartwarming Christmas story by Jean de Brunhoff. Babar’s children have caught wind of a fellow in Man’s country named Father Christmas who brings joy and toys to little children. “If only we could bring him here,” they wish. So they write the Christmas saint a letter inviting him to visit them. When they get no reply, Babar, ever the good father, rushes out to find the red-suited one. After much searching, and with the help of a dog named Duck, Babar reaches Father Christmas’s workshop in the snow. Can Babar find a way to bring him to Elephants’ country?

Babar, the King of the Elephants, sets out to find Father Christmas and bring him back to visit the children of the Elephants' country.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A trio of reissues bring back the beloved elephant in a starring role. The last book to be published before his death, Jean de Brunhoff's Babar and Father Christmas (1940) follows the hero in search of Santa as he attempts to bring Yuletide cheer to Elephants' country. A few spreads were finished by de Brunhoff's then 12-year-old son Laurent. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The last pictuer book De Brunhoff wrote before his death at 37, this story tells how Babar searches out Father Christmas so that he will make time to come to Elephant country. Babar falls through Father Christmas's roof, is revived by tomten-like elves, pleads his case to the beleaguered figure and is awarded a suit and beard. So it is Babar who brings Christmas to Elephant country. Several members of the De Brunhoff family helped complete the artist's final vision which includes some wonderfully familiar family arrangements, some lovely set pieces, and at the very least pictures that advance the story. Told in the present tense, the story, sans the script type that so many new readers found annoying in some of the original tales, introduces to a new generation of readers, the lovable elephant family that so many parents and grandparents remember from their own childhoods. 2001 (orig. 1940), Random House, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375814440
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2001
  • Series: Babar Series
  • Edition description: 1ST JACKET
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 85,707
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    Review for Babar and Father Christmas

    Babar and Father Christmas is a great book that I recommend as a Christmas tradition to your family.I also think that this is one of Jean De Brunhoff's best.I do not recommend this book to people who do not celebrate Christmas.

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