Babar the Magician

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At a time when magic is all the rage, Babar signs up for lessons.

Generation after generation discovers the magic of Babar, and in this delightful 25th-anniversary reissue, that's literally true, as Babar decides to put on a magic show at the palace. Things go awry, however, when he puts Zephir the monkey to sleep, and Zephir floats out of the room-and then all over the countryside! Babar and his world are ...
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Overview

At a time when magic is all the rage, Babar signs up for lessons.

Generation after generation discovers the magic of Babar, and in this delightful 25th-anniversary reissue, that's literally true, as Babar decides to put on a magic show at the palace. Things go awry, however, when he puts Zephir the monkey to sleep, and Zephir floats out of the room-and then all over the countryside! Babar and his world are brought amusingly to life in brief, simple text and humorous illustrations.

Author Bio: Laurent de Brunhoff followed in his father's footsteps illustrating the Babar books starting in 1946. Since then, he has created more than 30 of the titles. He lives with his wife, writer Phyllis Rose, in Connecticut.

Babar takes magic lessons and puts on a show for his family and friends.

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Editorial Reviews

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This reissue of a book originally published 25 years ago, features Babar as an amateur magician. His children and their friends gather for his first show. All goes well when he pulls two doves out his hat and then covers Flora with his cape. He removes the cape to reveal Arthur instead. However, something goes awry when he causes Zephir the monkey to fall asleep and levitate. Zepher floats out of the room and across the street. He flies through a window into the Old Lady's house disturbing her game of chess with Cornelius. Then he floats into the countryside and breaks right through an artist's canvas. A fish grabs his tail as he sails over a lake. Finally, Babar and Arthur catch up with him. Babar waves his wand and shouts, "WAKE UP, ZEPHIR!" and Zephir does. He falls onto Babar's head and asks where he is. He does not remember a thing about his adventures. De Brunhoff's signature illustrations are charming, as usual. Sure to appeal to aspiring young magicians and other toddlers during story time. 2005, Abrams, Ages 3 to 5.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810958630
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 347,123
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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