Babar on Paradise Island

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This newest book in the beloved series is sure to delight longtime fans as well as new readers. Babar and his family are enjoying a relaxing ocean cruise when a sudden, violent storm whisks them far away from Celesteville. Shipwrecked on a desert island, they meet fabulous creatures as they explore their temporary home. Readers will appreciate the tropical locale—rendered in de Brunhoff’s trademark lush watercolors—as much as Babar and his family do while they await their eventual rescue. Fans both old and new ...
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Overview


This newest book in the beloved series is sure to delight longtime fans as well as new readers. Babar and his family are enjoying a relaxing ocean cruise when a sudden, violent storm whisks them far away from Celesteville. Shipwrecked on a desert island, they meet fabulous creatures as they explore their temporary home. Readers will appreciate the tropical locale—rendered in de Brunhoff’s trademark lush watercolors—as much as Babar and his family do while they await their eventual rescue. Fans both old and new will love spending time with Babar, Celeste, their kids, and the Old Lady in this charming tale on the high seas.

Praise for Babar on Paradise Island
"This charming offering will not disappoint young fans eager for more elephant fun."
--School Library Journal

"Well-suited to reading aloud, this colorful, large-format picture book continues the timeless adventures of this elephant king and his amiable companions."
--Booklist
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
Babar and family get the Gilligan’s Island treatment in the latest original offering from Jean de Brunhoff’s son. After a storm shipwrecks the family boat, the elephants and their friend the Old Lady are stranded on a deserted island. The drama of the first few pages quickly diminishes as the elephants meet a friendly dragon who shows them around the island and helps them build a shelter and find food. All is resolved with little trouble or event (showing resourcefulness worth of the Professor, the Old Lady even bakes a key lime pie), but Babar fans should still find this a diverting trip away from Celesteville. Ages 4–8. (May)
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—After boarding a boat at the Celesteville Marina and sailing for several hours, Babar, his family, and their friend the Old Lady become shipwrecked on an island. There, a hospitable dragon shows the castaways how to find food, build shelter, and have plenty of fun. A helicopter pilot eventually rescues Babar and company. When Babar invites the dragon to return home with them, the dragon declines, preferring to remain on the island paradise. But the dragon soon misses Babar, and with the help of a friendly heron, he visits Babar in Celestville, where he is welcomed by a parade. The evenly paced plot with agreeable characters flows smoothly and with gentle humorous touches added by the accompanying watercolor artwork. The story is written in the past tense and, in comparison to Babar's Museum of Art (Abrams, 2003), has sparing dialogue. The visuals, many of which are spreads, convey the pleasures of being shipwrecked on the dragon's paradise island. The elephants shower under a waterfall, sit around a campfire, and eat key lime pie. The plain white background of the marina setting is bare compared to the warm yellows, greens, and blues of the island setting. This charming offering will not disappoint young fans eager for more elephant fun.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-12
Shipwrecked pachyderms find many pleasures and surprises on a tropical island. Babar and Celeste and their family, along with their friend "the old lady," board a boat in Celesteville "for a day on the water." A storm at sea changes everything; the ship hits a reef and capsizes. The party is able to walk to shore, an island with vines and bushes and palm trees. Babar comes face to face with a creature that looks like a dragon, but when it opens its mouth, not fire but welcoming words come out. The preternaturally helpful creature helps them find coconuts to eat, shows them how to build a hut, and takes them to a waterfall where they can shower and swim. Some of them even get to ride on the dragon's back. Days pass, and many other animal residents of the island come forward to introduce themselves. At night, everybody sits around the fire, singing songs and telling stories. The old lady even manages to make a delicious key lime pie for all to share. Rescue is inevitable, though Babar has mixed emotions. Could their new friend go with them? Even into its umpteenth volume, the hallmarks of the series stand out: simple, declarative sentences, ever-so-mild threat level, blocky, clothed elephants—de Brunhoff's too smart to mess with a successful formula. Familiarity here breeds contentment. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419710384
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 778,221
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Laurent de Brunhoff is the son of Babar creator Jean de Brunhoff. He is an accomplished author and artist, and has originated dozens of popular Babar books over 60 years. He and his wife, Phyllis Rose, divide their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.
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