Babar's Counting Book

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Learn to count from 1 to 20 with the King of Elephants!

Babar, the beloved, best-selling elephant king, is back?and he's ready to help young readers master counting from 1 to 20. Ever the good father (and the good teacher), he lets his children, Pom, Flora, and Alexander master 1 to 10 on their own. During a walk with Zephir the monkey, they spy one maribou bird, two hot-air balloons in the sky, three race cars...

Then Babar personally teaches ...

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Overview

Learn to count from 1 to 20 with the King of Elephants!

Babar, the beloved, best-selling elephant king, is back—and he's ready to help young readers master counting from 1 to 20. Ever the good father (and the good teacher), he lets his children, Pom, Flora, and Alexander master 1 to 10 on their own. During a walk with Zephir the monkey, they spy one maribou bird, two hot-air balloons in the sky, three race cars...

Then Babar personally teaches his children—and his young readers—to count to 20. At the end of the book, there is a special reward—a Royal Certificate that affirms the new skill: "I, Babar, King of the Elephants, do hereby proclaim that you have learned to count to 20."

Babar's Counting Book, first published in 1986, continues to delight youngsters—and to show them that numbers are all around them.

Author Biography: Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar and his family alive for more than 50 years, in more than 30 classic books. He and his wife, author Phyllis Rose, live in Connecticut.

Babar's three children go for a walk and count what they see. Includes a royal certificate for learning to count to twenty.

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That royally classic elephant and his family are helping kids count from 1 to 20! In Laurent de Brunhoff's book starring Babar, the three elephant kids and their pal, Zephir, are out looking for exciting things. Along the way, the foursome spot plenty of animals, including "1 big bird," "5 alligators" in tuxes running quickly by, "7 umbrellas" with "7 elephants under them," and "10 storks" zooming around. Although Babar is thrilled that the group can count to 10, he shows them with simple addition how to get to 20. Of course their hard efforts warrant a royal certificate, and readers get a Royal Palace proclamation for themselves, too. With familiar friends like these hosting a fun-loving lesson in numbers, young Babar fans will be counting and adding with ease.
Publishers Weekly
Two of Laurent de Brunhoff's tales of Babar, originally created by his father, Jean de Brunhoff, are available once more: Babar's Counting Book (1986), in which Babar counts from "1 big bird" to 10 storks flying overhead (the penultimate spread extends the fun to 20 elephants); and Babar and his family take a rocket past the moon and Mars to an uncharted destination covered with caramel in Babar Visits Another Planet (1972). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like so many concept books, Babar's Counting Book exploits a popular character's appeal to sell children (and their parents) on an educational tool. Any child who is already hooked on Babar will naturally be drawn to the book, but it doesn't represent de Brunhoff's best work. The textwhich inexplicably changes tenses twiceis uninspired. (Babar's children go for a walk and count one bird, two balloons, three race cars, etc.) Although the elephant and his extended family are always delightful to look at, de Brunhoff doesn't appear to have given these illustrations a great deal of thought, and the colors look washed out.
School Library Journal
A pedestrian counting book. In this oversized book, Babar sends his three children and their friend to count everything they see. They count birds, balloons, hippos, alligators, etc., until they have counted to ten. Babar then shows them how to count to 20. The watercolor illustrations are pleasant, the colors clear and pleasing, but there are many better counting books available. Mary Jane Kibby, Amherst Public Library, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419703768
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Sales rank: 1,154,102

Meet the Author

Laurent de Brunhoff has kept the spirit of Babar alive for more than 60 years. Babar first came to life through the art of Laurent’s father, Jean de Brunhoff, and Laurent has continued to create adventures for the elephant family. He and his wife, Phyllis Rose, split their time between New York City and Key West, Florida.

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