Babar's Celesteville Games

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Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to see the best athletes from all over the world compete and to meet new people from other countries. Everyone is wide-eyed as gymnasts fly through the air, divers make a splash, and cyclists race to the finish line!

In addition, Babar and Celeste’s children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babar’s daughter, Flora, likes to watch the handsome pole-vaulter Cory, from the ...

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Babar and his family are thrilled that Celesteville is hosting the Games! This is their chance to see the best athletes from all over the world compete and to meet new people from other countries. Everyone is wide-eyed as gymnasts fly through the air, divers make a splash, and cyclists race to the finish line!

In addition, Babar and Celeste’s children are all grown up, and romance is in the air. Babar’s daughter, Flora, likes to watch the handsome pole-vaulter Cory, from the country of Mirza. One day the two meet in the park, and love soon follows. When Cory asks Flora to marry him, everyone must come together to help them have a magnificent Mirzi wedding.

Babar’s Celesteville Games is a grand tale about sportsmanship, love, and diversity.

Praise for Babar's Celesteville Games
“From a franchise as sturdy as an elephant’s memory comes explicit international goodwill. The book’s appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Olympics-style games have come to Celesteville, and Babar's children ("now grown up") watch various animals compete. When an elephant pole vaulter from Mirza catches Flora's eye, the games become a backdrop for their courtship. Though Flora and Cory come from different cultures, Babar declares: "I think it is love.... And I think it will be good for all of us." De Brunhoff incorporates modern details into his gentle, ink-outlined watercolors: Flora meets Cory's parents via video chat, and when Cory arranges for a skywritten proposal ("Flora, marry me"), the self-assured Flora inquires, "Is that a question or an order?" The athletic, romantic, and cross-cultural themes make this an unusual but satisfying addition to the beloved series. All ages. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews

From a franchise as sturdy as an elephant's memory comes explicit international goodwill.

Celesteville is hosting the Worldwide Games, and animals arrive "from all over" to compete. Babar's children, "now grown up," watch the athletes in warm-ups, practices and matches. Pom and Isabelle enjoy the swimming and diving: Elephants, hippos and a big cat (lioness perhaps?) power gracefully though a pool in neat lanes; next, an elephant dives off a springboard, the illustration showing five sequential positions in the somersault. Flora and Alexander prefer track and field and gymnastics ("Who would have thought that hippos were almost as good at the high bar as elephants?"). Watching, Flora falls in love with pole-vaulter Coriander, an athlete from a foreign land. Here the story segues into a gentle cultural acceptance lesson: Flora's mother Celeste must adjust to Cory's "small ears," a trait of his Mirzi nationality, and Cory's parents must accept that he didn't choose "a girl from Mirza." Flora roots for Mirza in the sporting events, which concerns Celeste until Babar reassures her, "I think it is love. And I think it will be good for all of us." The wedding takes places in Celesteville but with Mirzi clothing and customs, an agreement that pleases everyone.

Modernized only minimally (texting!), the book's appeal lies in these calmingly recognizable characters participating in Olympic sports and a mixed marriage. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700064
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 825,681
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for more than sixty years. Babar first came to life through the art of Laurent’s father, and Laurent has continued to create adventures for the elephant family. He and his wife, Phyllis, split their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.

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